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Santee Cooper: power has been restored to Myrtle Beach areas

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Santee Cooper has restored power to all the locations affected by Thursday afternoon's power outages in Myrtle Beach, according to Nicole Aeillo, Santee Cooper Public Relations Specialist.

Nicole Aeillo with Santee Cooper says a shield wire fell on to a transmission line, which tripped a breaker on the transmission line affecting three substations.

At the peak, about 7,800 customers were without power for about 42 minutes, according to Aeillo.

At 5:35 p.m., Aeillo said Santee Cooper had rerouted two substations using another transmission line and were still working on the third substation to restore power to the remaining 3000-plus without power. She stated they were hoping to have them back up in about an hour.

Lt. Joey Crosby of the Myrtle Beach Police Department confirmed multiple power outages and traffic light outages were being reported throughout the Myrtle Beach area Thursday afternoon. 

Santee Cooper's power outage map showed 3,700 people affected in Myrtle Beach from south of Joe White Avenue to the Myrtle Beach International Airport at 5:35 p.m..

The Myrtle Beach Police Department's Facebook page said officers were on scene or responding to the intersections with power outages on Thursday afternoon.

Myrtle Beach Police urged everyone to please use caution and have patience while commuting.

At 5 p.m., Battalion Chief Bruce Arnel of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department said they had already run four elevator rescue calls within the past half hour.

Lt. Crosby said the traffic lights were out on Harrelson Boulevard, 17 Bypass south of 501, and some lights on 501; Myrtle Beach Police tweeted at 5:25 p.m. that most traffic signals were operational at that time. 

Santee Cooper's power outage map estimated power would be restored by 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

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