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Power restored to 14,000 in Florence after weather-related outage

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Progress Energy has confirmed that power has been fully restored in Florence after a weather-related outage that affected nearly 14,000 customers Tuesday evening.

The outage occurred when a pop-up thunderstorm caused significant damage to two transmission towers in the area, according to Duke Energy media representation Justin Landon.

Landon said a transmission tower "carries the brunt of the power itself to other areas. When those are damaged, it affects a lot of customers."

At about 10 p.m., crews had rerouted power from the damaged stations and service was restored to all but about 5,000 customers, Landon said. Power was restored to the remaining customers soon after that.

Repairs to the towers will continue throughout the day, Landon said, but he does expect any more outages.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported at least three traffic lights in the area were malfunctioning, due to outage.

Just after 6:30 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dillon, Marlboro and Robeson counties until 7:30 p.m.

Progress Energy customers are reminded to stay away from all power lines. Click here for more storm safety tips from Progress Energy.

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