- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Electric & Gas has set an electric demand record as customers try to keep warm in the arctic cold.

The utility which serves almost 700,000 electric customers reported that during the 8 a.m. hour Friday, customers used 4,970 megawatts of electricity. The old record was 4,926 megawatts set in the summer of 2007.

The National Weather Service reported that temperatures Friday morning ranged from 7 degrees in Rock Hill to 27 on Hilton Head Island with wind chills making it feel even colder. The winds made it feel like four below zero in Bennettsville.

Some schools again delayed the start of classes because of the cold and Duke Energy reported about 3,000 customers without power, mostly in York County.

Warmer weather returns to the state this weekend.

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