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      SCE&G suspends rolling blackouts, outages now below 5,000

      SCE&G implementing rolling blackouts. 50,000 without electricity in SC

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) --The rolling blackouts implemented by SCE&G have now been suspended.

      According to SCE&G, the outages have decreased from 50,000 to less than 5,000

      More than 50,000 customers were without power in South Carolina as cold weather settles in the state.

      In order to protect the stability of the electric system and to continue to meet customers' needs, SCE&G implemented rolling blackouts thorughout it's service territory. Customers in some areas experienced short periods of time without power. The outages will lasted approximately 15 minutes.

      Customers should turn off and unplug non-essential appliances and conserve energy as much as possible.

      Call Centers are experiencing heavy volume, so customers need to aware that they can also report outages on our website at or through their moble device at To report power outages, customers can call 1-888-333-4465.

      Duke Energy reported nearly 5,500 customers without service in western South Carolina early Tuesday.

      South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. reported about 43,000 customers without service in central and southern South Carolina. The biggest outages were in the Charleston area.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)