Idalia power outage live updates: Power to return for most by end of day, Dominion says

11 a.m. — Dominion: Power restored to most by end of day

Dominion Energy spokesman Paul Fischer told The Island Packet customers still experiencing outages in Beaufort and Jasper Counties should expect power to be restored throughout the day, and most remaining issues will be rectified before Friday.

Dominion has also assigned additional repair crews to the Beaufort and Jasper County areas in the wake of the storm.

“We estimate the majority of customers will have their power restored sometime today, with the exception of areas where damage was the most severe or access is limited, such as Daufuskie Island,” Fischer said.

Initial assessments of damage on Daufuskie Island indicated “severe damage,” Fischer said, which could delay restoration of electricity by “one or more days” as crews work to transport personnel and gear to the island.

“Some customers’ equipment may not be capable of receiving power due to damage at their property, particularly the weatherhead or meter can. Customers should contact a certified electrician to make those repairs,” Fischer added.

Fischer said there remain about 1,800 Dominion customers without power in Beaufort county, and just under 900 in Jasper County.

Statewide, there are about 11,506 residents without electricity, according to

8 a.m., Aug. 31 — Power slowly restored in Idalia’s aftermath

Tropical Storm Idalia has moved past South Carolina and back into the Atlantic, but several thousand in the state remain without power as of Thursday morning. reports 23,657 customers in the state are still without power, 4,033 of which are in Beaufort County. Daufuskie Island remains without power as of 8 a.m.

Power has largely been restored to Jasper county with 971 customers reporting outages early Thursday.

Dominion Energy’s outage map shows outages mostly concentrated in the Beaufort area, with smaller groupings across Bluffton, Okatie and Hardeeville.

7:30 p.m. — Downed power lines, trees leave 33,000 in the dark

Winds from Tropical Storm Idalia have caused large tree limbs to fall onto power lines across Beaufort County, sheriff’s department officials said, as the number of South Carolina residents without power grows.

“Trees and (power) lines are down county-wide,” said Angela Viens, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Significant outages have now been reported in Charleston and Colleton Counties. In Beaufort and Jasper Counties, there remain 4,729 and 1,719 customers without power, respectively.

As of 7:30 p.m., reported 33,031 customers statewide were without power.

In some cases, wind gusts of up to 80 mph have toppled entire trees into the roadway.

A tree down on Seaside Road just off Sea Island Parkway, on St. Helena Island, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. Karl Puckett
A tree down on Seaside Road just off Sea Island Parkway, on St. Helena Island, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. Karl Puckett

6:45 p.m. — Nearly 20,000 without power

Over 18,000 South Carolinians are without power as Tropical Storm Idalia continues to track along the East Coast.

While most outages were originally confined to Beaufort and Jasper Counties, data from shows significant outages are now being reported in Hampton, Allendale, and Bamberg Counties.

Beaufort and Jasper Counties will remain under a tropical storm warning until early Thursday morning.

6 p.m. — reported power outages climbing

As of 6 p.m., reports 16,216 customers in South Carolina are without power.

A majority of those remain in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Around 2,276 customers have reported an outage in Jasper County and 7,430 in Beaufort.

Power on several roads across Daufuskie Island has been lost, residents reported on social media.

To learn how to report a power outage to your electricity provider, click here.

5:30 p.m. — outages reported in Sun City Hilton Head

Residents of Sun City Hilton Head reported spot outages in the neighborhood of roughly 16,000.

While reports of power outages are spreading to more areas, the overall number of customers without power has fallen since 5 p.m., when reported roughly 13,000 South Carolinians without power.

That number decreased to 4,931 as of 5:30 p.m., according to the website’s data.

5 p.m. — initial outages reported

Power outages resulting from Tropical Storm Idalia’s damage are rolling in across South Carolina, with over 10,000 residents without power as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The counties on the leading edge of the storm, Beaufort and Jasper counties, have reported most of the state’s outages so far. Data from the website showed around 8,800 residents without power in Beaufort County, and 2,448 in Jasper County.

On social media, residents are reporting outages in the areas of Haig Point Road, Ally Court, and throughout Bluffton and Beaufort.

The storm is expected to continue tracking across the Lowcountry through this evening, with high winds and rain complicating the timeline to restore power immediately.

To learn how to report a power outage to your electricity provider, click here.