Haley compares ice storm to hurricane devastation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley says this week’s ice and snow storm has devastated parts of South Carolina worse than a hurricane.

The Republican governor said Friday her driving tour of downtown Aiken made her understand why the storm left 350,000 people without power at the peak.

Statewide, that number had dropped to under 225,000. Nearly a quarter of those were in Aiken County alone, where downed trees and power lines littered roadways.

Haley said the landscape of Aiken has been damaged, but she says what matters is that people stay safe and help their neighbors.

Keller Kissan of SCE&G says the storm has been as devastating to the utility’s infrastructure as Hurricane Hugo. Kissan says most of Aiken County should have power by sometime Monday.

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