Cell Tower Outages Drop Overall, Isolated Areas Show an Increase


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The majority of cell sites in the Carolinas remained operating as of Monday, however the percentages of outages in some counties rose. North and South Carolina are still experiencing heavy flooding due to the storm that began as Hurricane Florence.

In North Carolina, out of the 5,790 total cell sites, 683 were not operational as of yesterday. That compares to 787 cell sites not working on Sunday.  

In Onslow County, 50.7 percent of the 227 cell sites were not working yesterday. That compares to 38.8 percent the day before. In Jones County, 38.3 percent of the 47 cell sites were offline, compared to 23.4 percent out the day before. Duplin County remained steady with 36 percent of 89 sites offline. Carteret County had the most cell sites out of service as of Sunday when 45.6 percent out of 103 sites were not operational. Monday, the outages dropped to just over 30 percent, with 31 sites out. 

In South Carolina, 99.2 percent of the 4,107 total cell sites were operational as of yesterday. 33 cell sites were offline yesterday, compared to 68 cell sites on Sunday and 210 sites out of commission on Saturday.

In Georgia, nearly 100 percent of the 1,472 total cell sites were operational yesterday. Only one site was reported not to be working — the same as Sunday. No cell site outages have been reported in Virginia since the storm made landfall.

In North Carolina, 187,885 cable and wireline outages were reported, which may include the loss of telephone, television, and/or internet services. 5,073 outages were reported in South Carolina.

The number of broadcast stations going off the air has crept up. 41 TV stations were on the air as of yesterday and five were off-air, one more than Sunday. 97 FMs were on the air (compared to 100 on Sunday), 25 were off and three sent their programming to be aired on another station. 30 AMs were on the air yesterday and three were off-air. Comments? Email us.

September 18, 2018