Duke Energy working to restore power to 200,000 customers

In the aftermath of storms that hit the East Coast June 13, Duke Energy crews are working to repair power grid damage that has left more than 350,000 customers without power in the Carolinas.

Several thousand Duke Energy and supplemental crews worked throughout the night assessing damage and began outage restoration work for the remaining 200,000 customers still without power.

The hardest-hit counties included Wake, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Johnston, Moore, Guilford, Lee and Rockingham.

Damage from the storm was described as extremely severe in many areas. Trees were uprooted, poles snapped and power lines knocked to the ground. In the hardest hit areas, portions of the electrical system will require rebuilding before power can be restored.

Customers in the hardest hit areas should prepare for a multi-day outage, with estimated restoration by June 16. Most customers will be restored before then. For the best information, customers should call the numbers listed below and enter their account number.

Additional crews from Duke Energy's other service territories, as well as outside agencies, are assisting in the restoration.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 20,000 MW of owned electric capacity to about 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy Progress, a unit of Duke Energy (DUK), provides electricity and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and serves a territory encompassing more than 34,000 square miles including the cities of Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville in North Carolina and Florence and Sumter in South Carolina.

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