Most Cell Sites Pummeled by Florence Are Still Working

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The majority of cell sites in the Carolinas remained operating as of Sunday, days after Hurricane Florence made landfall. Now a tropical depression, Florence pummeled the Carolinas and parts of Georgia and Virginia with wind and rain, leaving widespread flooding. More than 700,000 people remained without power in the Carolinas as of Sunday, WWAY-TV reported.

In North Carolina, 86.4 percent of the 5,790 total cell sites were operational as of Sunday. 787 cell sites, or 13.6 percent, were not working, according to the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). That’s down significantly from Saturday, when 18.4 percent, out of a total of 1,063 sites, were not working, according to DIRS. New Hanover County had the most non-operational cell sites, 134 out of 287, on Saturday. 

Carteret County in North Carolina had the most cell sites out of service as of yesterday. Out of 103 cell sites, 47, or 45.6 percent, were not working.

In South Carolina, 98.3 percent of the 4,107 total cell sites were operational as of Sunday. 68 cell sites, or 1.7 percent, were not working, according to DIRS. That’s down from 210 sites out of service on Saturday.

42 TV stations were on the air as of yesterday and four remained off the air. 100 FMs remained on the air, 20 were off and three sent their programming to be aired on another station. 28 AMs remained on the air yesterday and three were off the air.

September 17, 2018