Wind advisory in effect; power outages reported
Aiken County is under a wind advisory until 2 a.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service reports winds are blowing west-northwest between 20 and 25 mph. These conditions are expected to continue into the late evening hours and diminish somewhat after midnight.
The gusty winds are causing some complications in the area.
Power is out in spots on Whiskey Road, Silver Bluff Road and East Pine Log Road, and there are reports of power lines down throughout the city. Some residents said that they lost power but only for about 30 minutes. Residents in Graniteville are also reporting outages through social media.
The strong winds are also bringing down tree branches left vulnerable by February's ice storm. Limbs and other storm debris are getting pushed back into the road so motorists should use caution.
Aiken Public Safety reports traffic signals have been affected by the outages and advises motorists to reduce speeds when driving and treat all intersections as four way stops.
SCE&G reported roughly 1,750 outages in Aiken County as of 8:40 p.m. but dropped to 819 a little after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and Aiken Electric Cooperative is reporting about 100 outages.
For SCE&G customer service, call 1-888-333-4465. For Aiken Electric Co-op customer service, call 877-264-5368.