High winds, and those who respond to the damage

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Tree limbs snapping, debris skirting across the road, and unwanted objects flying into a yard are all scenarios which can happen with 40 to 45 mph winds traveling through in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand.

WMBF Storm Team Meteorologists have been tracking the strong front moving across the Carolinas.

As of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday a little more than 550 Progress Energy customers were suffering from a power outage.

Arbortech Tree Experts were out servicing customers on Wednesday afternoon before the winds started to pick up.

John McGrath the Owner and Operator with the tree service recommends people to thin their trees out so limbs won't end up on your roof or vehicles.

"As far as last minutes preparations maybe find a reputable tree service in case you do have a problem," said McGrath who adds his workers are on staff when severe weather makes an appearance.

Some of Santee Cooper employees are also on call when the weather gets bad.

Santee Cooper spokeswoman Nicole Aiello explains, "We do tell our on call staff just to be extra careful that they might be called into work and we have people 24-7 ready to work if we need them."

Aiello advises people to stay away from downed trees and power lines, "if you do see any down power lines of course be safe stay away form them call us right away."

Outages for Santee Cooper can be reported by dialing on 1-888-769-7888.

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