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Tuesday
Sep122017

More than 80,000 in Area Still Without Power

Nearly 80,000 customers in Anderson County are still with electrcial service as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Duke Energy crews are working to restore power in most areas. An online map of the outages is here. 

Where to report power power outages:

Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...
Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)
Little River Electric Cooperative...
864-366-2141 (Abbeville)
864-391-3480 (McCormick)
800-459-2141 (Anderson)

Where to report power power outages:Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)Little River Electric Cooperative...864-366-2141 (Abbeville)864-391-3480 (McCormick)800-459-2141 (Anderson)

Tuesday
Sep122017

Tim Scott to Meet with Trump on Charlottesville Response

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The only black Republican in the U.S. Senate is sitting down with Donald Trump to discuss the president's response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia last month.

A source tells The Associated Press that Tim Scott and Trump are meeting Wednesday. The source had knowledge of the meeting but wasn't allowed to discuss it publicly.

The South Carolina Republican has spoken out on race issues from the Senate floor, speaking about his own brushes with racial profiling, even while wearing his senator lapel pin.

Scott offered some of the bluntest criticism of the president's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying Trump's moral authority had become comprised after his comments that appeared to equate neo-Nazis and white supremacists with those who came out to oppose them.

Monday
Sep112017

Almost 70,000 without Power in Anderson County

Nearly 70,000 customers in Anderson County are still with electrcial service as of 11 p.m. Monday night.

Duke Energy crews are working to restore power in most areas

Where to report power power outages:

Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...
Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)
Little River Electric Cooperative...
864-366-2141 (Abbeville)
864-391-3480 (McCormick)
800-459-2141 (Anderson)

Where to report power power outages:Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)Little River Electric Cooperative...864-366-2141 (Abbeville)864-391-3480 (McCormick)800-459-2141 (Anderson)

 

Monday
Sep112017

Anderson County Schools Closed Tuesday

Due to safety concerns and power outages at some schools, Anderson County School District Five will remained closed Tuesday.

At 7:15 p.m., the other four districts also announced all schools will be closed Tuesday. 

Anderson University has also cancelled Tuesday classes.

Anderson County offices will be open on a two-hour delay Tuesday as well.

Posted 8:04 p.m. Sept. 11: Clemson University main campus classes and operations will return to normal schedule at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday
Sep112017

Big Creek Asks to Customers to Conserve Water

Big Creek Water District and Hammond Water District are asking customers to conserve as much water as possible.

Water district manager Chuck Cortez said due to power outages affecting pump stations, conservation is needed.

The need to conserve water will be in place until power is restored, which Cortez hopes will be by mid-morning on Tuesday.

Monday
Sep112017

September is Library Card Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time the Anderson County Library System (ACLS) reminds parents that a library card can be the most important school supply of all. Anyone who does not have a card is encouraged to get one this month.

ACLS library cards are free to people who live, work, or own property in Anderson County.  Residents of Abbeville, Greenville, Oconee, or Pickens Counties can also apply for a limited reciprocal card.  All that is needed is a picture ID and proof of current address.   Children of all ages may have a card of their own but a parent must sign for a child’s card, presenting proper identification. Those over 16 may register on their own. Those under 18 must have parent approval for internet access.  Students in local schools and colleges who are not county residents may receive free cards for the school term.

Libraries play an key role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Library Story Times expose young children to the joy of reading, while the Gambrell Teen Center provides educational support and a safe space for older children after school.

Society is changing in the way it consumes information. Libraries are America’s great information equalizers – the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources, along with the expert guidance of librarians. The Anderson County Library system is evolving with these changes to serve the public and to continue to fulfill our role in leveling the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies.  Thousands rely on ACLS for Internet access and digital content. In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, computers, games, software and other multimedia materials, Anderson Libraries provide access to e-books and databases. 

Often the library is the first point of contact in helping community members find education, culture, and support. From providing assistance to small business owners to assisting with genealogy searches, ACLS is changing lives.

The Anderson County Library System serves more than 190,000 county residents of all ages and includes the main library in the city of Anderson, eight branches located throughout the county, and a bookmobile. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, visit www.AndersonLibrary.org.

Monday
Sep112017

Delta Cancels 800 Flights Monday Due to Storm

(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc said it would cancel about 800 flights on Monday as it braces for Tropical Storm Irma at its Atlanta hub. 

"Hurricane Irma is expected to bring to the Atlanta hub strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft," Delta said on Monday. (bit.ly/2gXW5Cu

The No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, whose business is heavily dependent on operations at the Atlanta airport, said it was planning to resume service to airports in Florida. 

Irma, ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, hit a wide swath of Florida over the past day. It is now a tropical storm with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km per hour). 

Bigger rival American Airlines Group Inc said on Sunday it would not resume commercial flights at its Miami International Airport hub on Monday, but may operate flights to bring in staff and supplies.

Monday
Sep112017

Anderson Readies for Storm, 19 at Shelter So Far

Anderson County Emergency Operations Center moved to a partial activation and upgraded its operational status to OPCON 3, indicating a disaster or emergency situation is likely. The move begins the implementation of the appropriate all-hazard emergency plan. A partial activation brings together the various FEMA designated Emergency Support Functions (ESF-1 through 15) to coordinate emergency response and recovery actions across the County. 

Additionally, the County has established a direct phone line for debris removal in anticipation of downed trees caused by high winds. Residents are asked to use this number to call in downed trees on public property and roadways with the desire of minimizing the call volume at the 911 dispatch center.

The phone line will open at 11:00 a.m. and operate for 24 hours a day for the duration of the storm. The number to call is (864) 760-1465.

Residents are reminded to only call 911 for emergency situations. For power outages please call:

DUKE POWER (800) 769-3766 or 

BLUE RIDGE ELECTRIC (888) 258-3743.

The emergency shelter at the Anderson Civic Center remains open for anyone who may be concerned about their safety as high winds are expected to impact the area today into tomorrow. There are currently 19 individuals being housed at the shelter.

Monday
Sep112017

5.6M Without Power in Florida; Storms Shifts West

The number of people left without power in Florida increased to 5.6 million overnight as Tropical Storm Irma downed trees and flooded streets throughout the entirety of the peninsula, state officials said Monday.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm from a hurricane to tropical storm Monday morning as it reached the northern parts of the state. Its center hit portions of the Keys on Sunday but missed Miami and Naples, then skirted Tampa as the storm slowed. Nonetheless, barrier islands like Marco Island, near Naples, reported rising flood water and a loss of electricity and drinking water, authorities said. 

Coastal communities reported rising flood waters in streets, three Miami construction cranes fell and a sewage pump in Hialeah failed. Daylight will afford an opportunity for municipalities to better calculate their losses.

The hurricane made U.S. landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

"We don't have a comprehensive insight into what the damage is," Bryan Koon, Florida director of Emergency Management said late Sunday. "We will work on those at first light. I don't have any numbers on fatalities at this point."

At least five deaths were reported from the storm. Cities flooded, power lines were downed and trees were uprooted across the state. Gov. Rick Scott's office reported Monday that 5,777,263 people were without electrical power.

Some 166,000 people in Georgia lost power as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state.

Monday
Sep112017

Sunday
Sep102017

Weakened Irma Pounds Florida Gulf Coast

FORT MYERS, Fla./MIAMI (Reuters) - A weakening but still potent Hurricane Irma lashed Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday with tree-bending winds, pounding rain and surging surf, leaving millions of homes and businesses without power while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers across the state in Miami. 

In storm-battered towns up and down Florida’s western shores - from Naples and Fort Myers north through Sarasota, Tampa and St. Petersburg - residents huddled with relatives, neighbors and pets to ride out a hurricane that had ranked as one of the Atlantic’s most powerful in a century. 

“I’ve lived here 21 years, and I never imagined we’d get a direct hit,” Shelli Connelly, 55, said as she stood on the sixth-floor balcony of her high-rise condo on Marco Island, where Irma made its second Florida landfall hours after barreling through the resort archipelago of the Florida Keys. 

Opting to stay put with her four dogs rather than join evacuations, Connelly said the experience was “very scary.” 

“You saw the doors moving, the chandeliers shaking. It was very loud,” she told Reuters as she watched the storm surge move in from the Gulf of Mexico following fierce winds that blew out windows in nearby buildings, stripped trees and slammed cars together in the parking lot below.Irma’s center came ashore at Marco Island not long after it was downgraded to a Category 3 storm from a Category 4 on the five-point Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kph). 

A few hours later, it was downgraded again to Category 2, with maximum sustained wind gusts of 110 mph (175 kph), the National Hurricane Center reported in Miami. 

Forecasters warned that Irma remained dangerous as it toppled trees and power lines, tore up roofs and threatened coastal areas with storm surges as high as 15 feet (4.6 m). Tornadoes were also spotted through the southern part of the state. 

Sunday
Sep102017

Clemson, AU, USC Cancel All Monday Classes

Clemson University has cancelled all classes, day and evening, for Monday ahead of the winds from Hurricane Irma which are expected to effect the Upstate.

The University of South Carolina has also cancelled all Monday classes.

Anderson University made their decision Friday to cancel all classes tomorrow.

Tri-County Technical College becomes the last to announce no classes for tomorrow..

Sunday
Sep102017

Civic Center Opens as Shelter for Evacuees from Ga., Fla.. S.C.

The Anderson County Civic Center opened at noon today as a shelter for Florida and Georgia residents who are evacuating from Hurricane Irma’s projected path as well as those in Anderson County and the Upstate who may be concerned about their safety as high winds are expected to impact the County into Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Shelters are generally the place of last resort. Individuals and families are encouraged to have emergency plans in place. These plans should include relatives or friends with whom you can stay or locations to which you will travel.   

The Department of Social Services is designated as the lead agency for coordinating mass care operations. In particular, DSS works with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Department of Health and Environmental Control and other state agencies and volunteer relief organizations in disaster situations to coordinate the capability to meet basic human needs (shelter, food, bulk distribution of emergency relief supplies, disaster welfare inquiries, and emergency social services).

A complete list of open shelters is available at www.scemd.org/shelters-rss and will be updated in real-time should more shelters be needed. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division along with the S.C. Department of Social Services is working with the American Red Cross and county emergency managers to open emergency shelters as needed. There are currently 254 people staying in ten shelters across the state. 

The S.C. Department of Transportation will use electronic message boards along highways to direct evacuees to the shelters.