Winter Weather Advisory for Kershaw County

Kershaw County, SC ? The Department of Safety & Emergency Services of Kershaw County continue to monitor winter weather set to begin late this evening and lasting into Saturday morning. The National Weather Service predicts possible freezing rain and ice accumulation for the northern part of the county with rain throughout all other parts. Residents should take caution and prepare for possible power outages, problems with pipes not fully insulated or at risk to burst, and very dangerous driving conditions.

Out of precaution, households should create a winter weather kit and include: ? Flashlights and extra batteries ? Battery-operated NOAA weather radio and a portable AM/FM radio ? Extra food and water ? Extra medication ? Extra baby essentials for households with infants and small children ? Basic First-Aid supplies ? Blankets, sleeping bags, and extra clothing for warmth.

In case of a power outage, residents should call and report the outage to their appropriate electric provider: ? Black River Electric Cooperative o 1-803-432-9854 During normal business hours o 1-844-431-2732 After 5:00pm or Weekends ? City of Camden o 1-803-432-2421 ? Duke Energy o 1-800-769-3766 o Text 57801 (standard text and data rates may apply) o to report outage and view current outages online ? Fairfield Electric Cooperative o 1-800-499-7862 ? Lynches River Electric Cooperative o 1-843-675-5732.

If you lose power and decide to employ a portable generator, remember to keep the generator outside and a safe distance from the house. Never use generators inside a basement or garage. The generator should be placed outside in a well ventilated area and use only enough power necessary to maintain essential appliances and lights. If ice begins to accumulate on bridges, overpasses, and secondary streets, travel may become treacherous.

If you are on the roadway, drive slowly and watch for black ice. The Safety & Emergency Services Department of Kershaw County will continue to update citizens of changing weather conditions through the local media and publish all new updates on our county?s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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