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SC co-ops brace for ice with storm

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A second round of wintry precipitation, including snow, sleet and freezing rain, is now affecting much of South Carolina, according to the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. 

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the 20 electric cooperatives reported scattered outages to nearly 1,000 consumers across the state.

In advance of the storm, 22 line workers from Kentucky arrived Wednesday to help with power restoration efforts. Electric cooperatives from Florida and Mississippi have agreed to send as many as 300 line workers to help restore power in South Carolina.

Storm coordinators will meet to determine whether additional reinforcements are needed.

"If this storm produces an inch of ice, we're going to need as much help as we can get," said Todd Carter, vice president of loss control and training at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, in a statement. "Right now, we have almost 300 linemen on stand-by to help. We'll draw crews from Mississippi, Florida, as well as more linemen from Kentucky. We'll decide Wednesday morning whether we have to call them in."

Wednesday's weather forecast for the Midlands predicts more than 12 straight hours of freezing rain combined with strong gusty winds.

Carter says the public needs to be prepared to be without power for an extended period.

Ice can increase the weight of tree branches by 30 times. Falling limbs are a main source of downed power lines.

A half inch of ice on power lines can add as much as 500 pounds of extra weight.

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