Over 1,000 people without power near Myrtle Beach amid winter storm

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Horry County leaders and forecasters are warning residents of a winter storm heading into the area this weekend. Freezing rain, sleet, snow or a combination of the three could hit the area creating dangerous road conditions. January 21, 2022.

According to Santee Cooper, more than 1,600 people in the North Myrtle Beach and Little River areas of Horry County are without power as a winter storm hits the area.

Local leaders warned residents of potential power outages as the storm was expected to bring cold temperatures and possible freezing rain, sleet and snow to Horry County. Nearly 1,600 people in North Myrtle Beach and more than 150 people in Little River have been affected, according to the power company.

Crews are en route and the cause is being investigated.

Power should be restored around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Santee Cooper.

If your power goes out, authorities advise against calling 911. Call your power company instead:

  • Health Cooper: 843-769-7688
  • Duke Energy: 800-419-6356
  • Horry Electric Cooperative: 843-369-2212
  • Pee Dee Electric Cooperative: 800-693-0190

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Mary Norkol covers housing and homelessness for The Sun News through Report for America, an initiative that boosts local news coverage. She joined The Sun News in June 2020 after graduating from Loyola University Chicago. She served as editor of the Loyola Phoenix, leading the paper to first place in its Illinois College Press Association Overall Excellence category. Norkol has won awards in the areas of podcasting, multimedia reporting, in-depth reporting and in-depth reporting from CAPI. While in college, she reported breaking news for the Daily Herald and interned at the Chicago Sun-Times and CBS Chicago.

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