Author: Robert Walton Published: September 5, 2019 Utility Dive
UPDATE: Sept. 5, 2019: South Carolina Electric & Gas, a Dominion-owned utility, on Thursday morning reported more than 128,000 customers were without power, mostly along the state’s coast. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian — a Category 3 storm as of Thursday morning at 8 a.m. — was located 70 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.
Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday morning continued its creep toward the U.S. mainland, but had slowed to a Category 2 storm — meaning electric utilities in its path could be spared the worst. But up and down the East Coast they remain on alert, having spent the last week preparing.
Tens of thousands of workers are ready for any necessary restoration work, even as utilities hope for a best-case scenario.
Dorian at 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday was located about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida, moving north-northwest at about 8 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.