UPDATE: As Irma has fallen apart, its wind field has expanded. The storm’s winds now expand more than 300 miles from its center. Irma is now packing sustained winds of 60 mph, according to the 2 p.m., advisory of the National Hurricane Center. It’s moving north-northwest at 17 mph. The eye is still over Florida. South Carolina has been feeling tropical force winds and gusts most of Monday. Winds could occasionally gust as strong as 70 mph at times in some coastal areas; up to 60 mph in the Midlands. The strongest winds are expected through Monday afternoon near the coast, and south and west of the Interstate 26 corridor, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. -- The State newspaper  

UPDATE: Laurens Electric crews battle high winds, rain overnight; Over 2,000 remain without power Tuesday morning


Laurens Electric line crews worked through the night bringing the peak number of outages at any one time of 4,400 down to 2,734 as of 9:00 a.m. However, that number is fluid as problems continue to arise.

Co-op crews from North Carolina are on their way to help with restoration efforts, as are more contract crews.

Outages this morning range from groups of 50-80 caused by broken power poles and trees on 3-phase power lines, to scattered, individual  outages, the majority of which are caused by fallen trees and branches.

As crews discover more in the light of day, co-op personnel will be better able to assess the extent of the damage and expected restoration. 

Report any power outages at 1-866-9RESTORE, and follow progress at the co-op’s outage center at

LEC greatly appreciates the overwhelming support and understanding of its membership during this difficult time.

Laurens Electric Cooperative serves 54,000 member-owners in Laurens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Newberry, Union, and Abbeville counties. Since 1939, the co-op has been dedicated to being the provider of choice for energy and related services in the Upstate.  

9:05 pm Monday -- District 56 & 55 schools in Clinton and Laurens will be closed Tuesday because of power outages and fallen trees. 47 minutes ago, Laurens Electric Co-op said its outages are down from 3,000+ to 388.

An hour ago, the Co-op's post was more than 850 members without power in the service area - trees are falling on lines. There were 626 members in Greenville County affected by an outage at the Lickville substation - 400 scattered outages in Laurens County. LEC says, "All available crews are either on-scxene r enroute and will continue working until power is restored."

Hurricane Irma over Florida-Georgia will produce a tropical storm in the western area of South Carolina, leading to school closings. District 55, Laurens, along with Presbyterian College, Laurens Academy and Piedmont Tech will close.. 

State law says school buses cannot transport students in winds 30 mph and greater. In Laurens County, winds are expected of 20-30 mph, with gusts to 50 mph. Some of the worst conditions are expected around 3 pm Monday, when buses would be transporting students home.

Laurens County is expected to get 3-5 inches of rain, and flood warnings are in effect.

First Baptist Church, Clinton is open as a shelter for evacuees. The Clinton City Council meeting set for Sept. 11 has been rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 18.


Sept. 11, 2017: PC Offices and Classes to have a Delayed Start on Tuesday, Sept. 12

We are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Irma and its impacts on campus and the surrounding area. Safety matters most, and we want to be sure power is available and travel is manageable both around campus and in the vicinity.

College of Arts and Sciences (main campus)
Offices will reopen at 11 a.m.
Classes will begin at noon.

School of Pharmacy
Offices will reopen and classes will resume at 9 a.m.
If it is unsafe to travel from your location to campus, please do not do so. Pharmacy faculty and staff unable to commute should contact their immediate supervisors. Students should notify the course coordinator or faculty member teaching any class that may be missed.

Food service will be available beginning at 7 a.m. in Greenville Dining Hall.

Whether you are on campus now or traveling to campus tonight or tomorrow, please be very careful. If you are on campus, please stay indoors as much as possible until we reopen. ​ Be alert for standing water, downed power lines, or fallen trees wherever you may be.

We will continue to monitor Irma throughout the evening. If conditions require another change in operating plans, we will notify you of the decision by email, text, and website updates. Note some web updates may lag due to power outages.


This is an update from the SC Governor's Office:

September 11, 2017 


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster today held a media briefing with state emergency response officials to provide an update on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Carolina.


2,081 SCDOT maintenance personnel on duty clearing roads
164 road closures in 10 counties
746 National Guardsmen on duty
100 Extra State Troopers on the roads assisting local law enforcement
101 State Guardsmen on duty
369 SLED, PPP, DNR agents on duty
25 shelters open, 885 evacuees sheltered as of noon today
25 County governments closed today
33 Counties with school districts closed today.

For a full and updated list of open shelters with availability, visit SCEMD’s website.

Power outages: There are over 140,000 power outages across the state with the largest number of outages concentrated in Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Lexington and Richland Counties. There are as many as 8,000 linemen working to restore power to South Carolinians at any given time from SCE&G, The Electric Cooperatives and Duke Energy.

For a comprehensive list of those county office and school closings, visit SCEMD's website.


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