COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – About 250,000 customers in South Carolina are without power as the winds from Tropical Storm Irma topples trees and power lines.

Most of the outages Monday afternoon were reported by the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric and Gas.
Charleston County had about 60,000 power outages, while Beaufort County reported about 32,000 customers without electricity and Lexington County just west of Columbia reported 27,000 outages.
The rest of the outages are scattered across South Carolina.
Officials say the number of closed roads in the state has increased to 164 in 10 counties.