BEAUFORT & WASHINGTON COUNTIES -

As of 12:30 Saturday morning, power was restored to 900 Tideland Electric Membership Corporation customers who lost power Friday night.

According to a spokesperson, the Plymouth substation with a damaged transformer was repaired and power restored at that time.

Customers were without power since 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Previous Story: Approximately 900 Tideland Electric Membership Corporation customers experienced a power outage in Washington and Beaufort counties.

Tideland EMC says power was lost on Friday, Dec. 27th at its Plymouth substation due to a damaged transformer inside the substation.

Tideland posted this information to its Facebook page around 10:30 p.m. on Friday:

"Plymouth substation repairs to take longer than anticipated.  Tideland EMC officials have revised their projected power restoration time for the co-op’s Plymouth substation. Due to longer than anticipated transit times, the co-op believes 12:45 a.m. is a more realistic time frame than the original midnight projection. The new transformer arrived in Plymouth shortly after 10:00 p.m.

Given the length of the outage and low outdoor temperatures, customers affected by the outage are asked to cut off all household breakers that control large loads such as water heaters and central heating systems. Once power has been restored please wait fifteen to thirty minutes before cutting those breakers back on. Doing so will reduce the significant load that will be on the electric system once crews are ready to re-energize the substation."