Montague Avenue was covered in snow, sleet and ice Wednesday morning, making for difficult driving conditions. A winter storm hammered the state for three days, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and making travel treacherous. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
It could have been worse.
That was the overriding sentiment Thursday from Greenwood officials as they discussed the icing and winter weather that battered Greenwood on Wednesday afternoon and into Wednesday night.
Numerous weather forecasts predicted the Greenwood area could have been “paralyzed” by ice and snow Wednesday and into Thursday. However, while the winter blast here was significant, it appears the worst of the ice storm hit lower parts of the state, in areas such as Sumter, Williamsburg County and elsewhere.
Duke Energy’s Theo Lane said Duke had no weather-related outages in Greenwood County on Wednesday night and into Thursday.
“We did a lot of front-end storm preparation work,” Lane said. “Checking fuses, circuits, checking equipment, doing field inspections, going into substations and checking our lines. Apparently, that paid off. In fairness, we did not get the anticipated ice buildup we expected (in the Greenwood area).”
Lane said the Pee Dee area of South Carolina was hit the hardest, in terms of power outages.
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