Thousands without power in the Upstate, WNC

(WSPA) – Tens of thousands of people are without power in the Upstate and western North Carolina after severe weather from Irma.

As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative counted 19,657 members without power.

They say 1,982 customers in Anderson County and 1,442 customers in Greenville County are experiencing outages.

In Oconee County, there are 10,784 without power, and another 5,449 are out in Pickens County.

Crews are working to restore the power, but because of the level of destruction, they say some outages could last several days.

To report an outage, you can call 1-888-BLUERIDGE.

Duke Energy is reporting about 133,000 customers in the area without power as of 11 a.m.

In Greenville County, they are reporting 32,314 outages.

Duke reports 25,887 without power in Anderson County.

Laurens County is experiencing 3,484 outages and Oconee County has another 4,920.

Pickens County has 15,222 reported power outages while Spartanburg has 3,152.

In Buncombe County, 15,720 customers are without power, while 5,370 have been reported in Henderson County.

Crews with Duke Energy are assessing damage and hope to decrease the outage numbers soon.

You can report an outage online or call 1-800-POWERON.

If you see any unsafe conditions, you are asked to let utility and law enforcement know.

As of 11 a.m., Haywood EMC reported 9,048 of their members are without power.

They say most of the outages are in western North Carolina, including 4,905 in Transylvania County and 1,243 in Macon County.

Due to the severity of the damage, the utility says it can’t guarantee power restoration before midnight on Wednesday, September 13th.

Laurens Electric is reporting 2,734 outages as of 9 a.m.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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