Power restored for thousands in downtown Greenville as record-breaking cold arrives

Duke Energy reported more than 12,000 customers in downtown Greenville without power on Friday night.
Published: Dec. 23, 2022 at 7:56 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2022 at 10:39 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Duke Energy reported more than 12,000 customer outages in the downtown Greenville area on Friday night.

Ryan Mosier, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, said a substation issue was reported around 6:45 p.m. As of 7:30 p.m., more than 12,000 customer outages were reported in the area.

By 10 p.m., the number had dropped to around 1,000.

Traffic lights were out at multiple intersections in downtown Greenville due to the outages.

Traffic lights out in downtown Greenville.
Traffic lights out in downtown Greenville.(FOX Carolina News)

Mosier said when the outages first occurred, crews immediately started working on a repair plan. Duke Energy estimates power will be back on for all customers in the downtown area within an hour or two.

The outages come as record-breaking cold air moves into the Upstate.

If you are without power, these steps can help with warmth:

  • Close blinds, curtains and doors to slow heat from escaping home
  • Wear layers of warm, loose-fitting clothing
  • Eat to maintain body heat
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Put towels in cracks of doors

Stay with FOX Carolina for updates on this developing story.