Thousands in Marion County in the dark following storm


MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – At one point today, Duke Energy reported more than 10,000 customers in Marion County were without power following the brunt of the winter storm. Many of those power outages were caused by falling tree limbs covered in ice, but that did not keep some people from heading out in the cold.

Brenda Holden and her employees spent hours preparing some 8,000 roses for Valentine's Day. She is in a race against time after the storm knocked power out to her business.

"It is because we can't preserve the cooler which is what we have to preserve," said Holden.  "Today we normally have a line people putting in orders but everyone is homebound but they will make it out tomorrow just as soon as they get out."

For several hours today many stoplights along West McIntyre Street were no working due to power failure. Instead, police and SCDOT crews helped direct traffic on the road.

Hardly any homes or nearby businesses had power during the day except for one gas station that was packed with drivers just looking for supplies to get through the night.

"I came to get some food and kerosene to keep warm but everybody is taken a lot of stuff and everyone is just backed up," said Richard Lewis who said this storm is worse than the one that hit just a few weeks ago. "This is the worst because the ice is harder to crack now it's so thick."

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