Power outages affected 70,000 Lowcountry homes and businesses this afternoon.

Residents reported outages in James Island, West Ashley and North Charleston, however SCE&G officials say power was restored in about 15 minutes. It took a little longer for Berkeley Electric Cooperative customers in Goose Creek to get their power back.

The outages affected about 42,000 SCE&G customers and 28,000 Berkeley Electric customers.

Company officials aren't sure exactly what caused the outages, other than that a SCE&G primary circuit went out.