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Tomorrow’s school decision unlikely for several hours

February 17, 2015

A decision whether Oconee public schools will be delayed or closed tomorrow (Wednesday) won’t be made until at least after 5 p-m today—or, perhaps, not until early tomorrow morning. District administrator Steve Hanvey says the plan is for personnel “to ride the roads) between 4 and 5 this afternoon and again early tomorrow morning.

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Scam and fraud investigator Justin Ward

February 17, 2015

The way things are going eventually everyone will be able to claim that he or she was a victim of America’s fast-growing crime—identity fraud. Even the officer in charge of efforts by Oconee Sheriff’s Office to combat those who would steal someone’s personal information. Sgt. Justin Ward himself has been a victim of credit card…

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Seneca pro-active moves helped

February 17, 2015

The director of Seneca Public Works, Mark Krabbe, says work by his crews in advance of the storm made the conditions of the city roads and streets the best they could be considering the elements. But he urges drivers to watch for shaded areas where there likely won’t be melting any time soon. And, yes,…

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The impact to Oconee business and commerce

February 17, 2015

Today’s shutdown has a negative effect on Oconee County business and its bottom line. Without electric power, businesses cannot operate. And Jillian Lusk, executive director of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce at Seneca, says even some businesses that have power can’t run—if they can’t get their employees to work.

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10,000 customer outages

February 17, 2015

Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says 10,000 power outages are plaguing Oconee County, including 2,500 in the Walhalla area.  The Walhalla area outages have darkened the county’s Pine Street administrative complex, meaning county offices will not open at all today and tonight’s meeting of Oconee County Council has been called off.

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Outages affect Walhalla’s north side

February 17, 2015

Power lines are reported down on 183 in the vicinity of Walhalla’s Sertoma Field. City Hall lost power, apparently during the night. That means city offices remain closed until further notice. Tonight’s council meeting has been postponed until 5:30 p-m Wednesday.

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Six-tenths of accumulated precip on the ground

February 17, 2015

Walhalla recorded an official low temperature of 26. And Barbara Wilson, the official observer, will place six-tenths of an inch of an inch of precipitation” into her record books for the area’s first 2015 brush with ‘Ol Man Winter.”  That converts to 1.16″ of melted precipitation.

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“Multiple” trees down near Westminster

February 17, 2015

Multiple trees are down near Westminster, on the Dr. John’s Road near Theo Martin Road. It’s not immediately clear if those down trees have caused power to go out. Last night a tree limb fell on a home in Westminster, on Leather Street near Retreat and Mimosa.

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UPDATE from the DOT

February 17, 2015

Because freezing temperatures are anticipated this morning, the South Carolina DOT advises against travel in the northwest part of the state unless necessary and then only under extreme caution. Temperatures are between 29 and 32 degrees. Oconee and Pickens are improving, but all counties report roads partially covered in ice and icy slush. Anti-icing and…

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Power outages

February 17, 2015

By 6:50 this morning, more than 8,400 power outages existed within the multi-county service area of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  More than 3,500 of them were in Oconee County.  The outages include backbone feeder lines—one in Oconee and two in Pickens County.  More than 200 linemen are on the job and another 10 crews…

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