Hwy. 17 Business closed at Hwy. 544 in Surfside Beach after semi breaks power pole in half

SCHP says Highway 17-Business is closed at Highway 544 until further notice
Published: Oct. 25, 2022 at 7:55 AM EDT
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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Thousands in Surfside Beach were without power after downed power lines were downed and 17-Business is closed at 544 until further notice.

According to the Surfside Beach Fire Department, a semi-truck struck a power pole at the intersection of 17 and 544 in front of Ocean Lakes and broke it in half. There are multiple lines down through the intersection.

South Carolina Highway Patrol told WMBF News that 17-Business is closed from Catherine Dr. to Presley Club back to 544. A detour route is in place.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports power lines went down around 6:48 a.m.

Santee Cooper showed 2,883 customers without power as of 7:40 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., just over 500 customers are without power.

The outages were reported in the areas of Pirate Land Camping Resort and Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

Santee Cooper says it is investigating.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.