GALIVANTS FERRY, SC (WMBF) - If it weren't for a seven gallon gas powered generator, the Howell family in Galivants Ferry would be just like hundreds others in their neck of the woods. The family of five lost power around 3 p.m. Wednesday, and there's still no word on when it will be turned back on.
"A lady down the road is keeping tabs on Facebook, and she was told by a crew definitely not today, and it's not looking good for tomorrow," says Anna Howell.
Howell and her family are customers of Horry Electric. She says she didn't' even report the outage until about 12 hours after the electricity went out because the company's phone line went down.
Hundreds were without power along Highway 501 just north of Highway 22 in the Galivants Ferry and Aynor areas Thursday. Families who weren't fortunate enough to have a generator say the cold is helping keep their groceries from going bad. One man says he put food out on the patio.
Back at the Howell's home the generator is only powering about half the home but it's keeping the necessities powered up, like the microwave and refrigerator. The generator has to be filled back up with gas every few hours. The Howells also have a gas log fireplace in the living room helping keep things warm.
"We are just taking it hour by hour and hoping for the best," they said.
Times like this week's storm are a reminder of how important a generator can be. You can find them for around $300.
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