As snow and freezing rain blew through the Upstate Wednesday into early Thursday, thousands were left without power.
According to Duke Energy's website, a little more than 2,100 customers without power in Oconee County.
Blue Ridge Electric Co-op crews have been working to get the outages repaired. In about two hours, outages in Pickens and Oconee counties were reduced from 615 to 147.
According to Electric Cooperatives of S.C., a few hundred more are without power in other Upstate areas while 137,000 remain without power across the state.
The majority of outages in South Carolina were reported south and east of the Upstate as many areas saw more icy issues rather than snow.
Emergency management officials are urging people to only call 911 in the case of a life-threatening emergency if they are dealing with a blackout. People without power should call their respective power companies to report the outage.
Residents are also urged to stay away from downed power lines. Other safety tips amid a blackout are:
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