HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A series of planned electrical outages impacting about 3,200 Horry Electric customers begins Tuesday in the Shell community in central Horry County.
"It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 through Thursday October 24 and then from Tuesday, October 29 through Thursday, October 31," says Mitchell Benton, distribution engineer for the cooperative. "We'll be converting to a higher operating voltage in that part of our system from 7.2 kV to 14.4 kV."
The upgrade top the Shell substation is required to keep up with the energy demand from members, but not all 3,200 members will be out of power at the same time.
"We've organized the job by line sections and will do one section one day and then another section the next day," says Benton. "Members will be advised what days to expect to be affected and for how long."
Outages could be as long as five hours, Horry Electric representatives state in a news release.
Members were notified by phone about two weeks in advance of the planned outage, and by postcard on October 2. Only members who will be impacted by the outage received a postcard.
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