Hurricane cuts power for 150,000 in SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WSPA) – The Latest on Hurricane Matthew’s impact on South Carolina (all times local):

Hurricane Matthew has cut power to more than 150,000 electric customers in South Carolina as the storm moves its way along the coast. Most of the outages were reported in the Beaufort and the Charleston areas.

About 4:30 a.m. the eye of the storm was near Hilton Head Island as the hurricane lashed the coast with hurricane-force winds.

The National Weather Service in Charleston reported that an 84 mph wind gust was reported on Hilton Head Island while a 94 mph gust was reported on Tybee Island, Georgia.

In the Charleston area dozens of roads and intersections were flooded by rising waters or blocked by downed trees.

The Electric Cooperatives of SC is reporting 85,121 outages in the state. Many of those are in the Lowcountry. There are more than 42,600 outages in Beaufort County alone.

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