Tidleand EMC's power outage map on its website shows 1593 customers without power near the town of Oriental. The town of Oriental has a population of only about 900 people. Customers say the outage began before 8:00p.m. and power had not been restored at 10:40 p.m.
Tideland reports crews are working to repair the problem, but they have not said the official cause of the outage yet. Tideland couldn't offer a specific expected restoration time.