Hurricane Irma brings rain, high winds to Laurens County

Sep 11 Written by 

Hurricane Irma made its way towards the Upstate on Monday morning and roared into Laurens County later in the day.

Steady rain accompanied with wind and a few gusts was the norm throughout the day on Monday. A few trees were reported down during the day including one tree that crossed W. Main St. in Laurens during the afternoon.

Later in the day, things started to get busier with heavier rain and stout winds. A tree took down a power line and a traffic signal on Church St. in Laurens, just in front of United Community Bank, causing a significant outage.

According to CPW general manager John Young, that circuit should be repaired on Monday night. Laurens assistant police chief Chrissie Cofield said the traffic signal would not be repaired until Tuesday and for drivers to treat that intersection as a 3-way stop.  

Young said that around 6pm, the winds picked up and several trees were down in Laurens. At one time, three of the nine CPW circuits were down, said Young. He said that all but one is back up and running.

In Laurens County as of 9:31pm on Monday night, Laurens Electric Cooperative is reporting 2,957 outages. Click here to track Laurens Electric Cooperative outages.

Duke Power is reporting 3,203 outages as of 9:31pm on Monday night. Click here to track Duke Power outages.

The power outages, rain and wind damage throughout the county has caused several schools to make adjustments to their schedules on Tuesday.

  • Laurens District 55 will be closed on Tuesday.
  • Laurens District 56 will be closed on Tuesday.
  • All campuses of Piedmont Technical College will open at 10am on Tuesday.
  • Offices on the main campus at Presbyterian College will open at 11am on Tuesday and classes will begin at noon. The School of Pharmacy will open at 9am for offices and classes.
  • Sanders Head Start will be closesd on Tuesday. 
Last modified on Monday, 11 September 2017 23:05