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2004's ice storm could give us clues to today's storm

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While South Carolina and the Midlands prepares for an ice storm that could knock out power to thousands of power customers, a look back to what happened during an ice storm in 2004 may give us clues as to what to expect today. 

The WIS News 10 First Alert Weather Team is forecasting at least a half-inch to an inch of ice accumulation associated with this storm. This storm also has the potential to deliver several inches of snow later in the evening.

Back on Jan. 24 through Jan. 26, 2004, the entire state of South Carolina was affected by a similar storm that brought a quarter of an inch to a half-inch of ice to the Midlands. 

According to a post-storm report from the state Department of Natural Resources, every county in the state, with the exception of Jasper, Beaufort, and Colleton counties, was under either a Winter Weather Advisory or Winter Storm Warning at one point in time.

The report goes on to say as many as 200,000 homes were without power as a result of the storm and some of those outages lasted a week.

The 2004 ice storm also caused the most tree damage since 1989's Hurricane Hugo.

Of course, the storm continues to evolve and so does the forecast. We'll continue to update you throughout the day.

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