Gov. Haley requests federal disaster declaration

Governor Haley and state officials report on current conditions across South Carolina due to the winter storm.

COLUMBIA (WACH/AP)-Gov. Nikki Haley is asking the federal government to declare South Carolina a federal disaster area as a second winter storm in two weeks is hitting the state with snow, ice and freezing rain.

Tens of thousands of South Carolinians are now without power as a result of the storm.

During an 11:45 a.m press conference Wednesday, Haley stated the current winter storm is worse than the storm of 2004.

The governor's office says the disaster request is a pre-emptive measure that will allow the state to get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency such as food and generators to help in the storm recovery. The federal government would pay 75 percent of the cost.

By midmorning on Wednesday, about 35,000 electric customers around the state were without power. Haley encouraged residents and customers to contact their utility companies immediately and to not assume they are aware of the outage.

Emergency officials fear the situation will get worse before the storm moves out of the state Thursday.