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Utility providers brace for incoming storm

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HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) -

Another safety concern for people in our viewing area is power lines.

Utility companies have set a plan in place in case the winter storm does knock out power.

Employees at Palmetto Electric have also been getting their service vehicles ready for the incoming storm.

Palmetto Electric serves more than 68,000 customers throughout southern Beaufort County into Jasper and Hampton County.

All employees have been placed on high alert and the company has reached out to its state association for backup crews if needed.

At this point, crews are anticipating some outages west of I-95 and are closely monitoring that area for ice.

The company says they are putting into service every available resource for this storm.

"We have a fully staffed call center or contact center and we'll be bringing additional personnel in there, we also have a power control center where we dispatch all of our vehicles and service crews and that will also have additional staff, we're preparing for the worst and hoping we don't get the brunt of this," said Jimmy Baker, VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Palmetto Electric.

We also talked with SCE&G which services more than 60,000 customers in the Lowcountry.

The company says if there are any power outages, they will not stop working until all of them are fixed.

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