Duke Energy plans to restore power by midnight March 11 to 98 percent of all customers affected by the historic ice storm.
As of 6 p.m., about 34,000 customers remain without power. More than 757,000 customer outages have been restored, including all North Carolina schools.
"We've made significant progress in our restoration efforts today," said Jeff Corbett, senior vice president of Duke Energy's Carolinas Delivery Operations. "Our crews remain focused and will continue to work until every customer has their lights back on."
The ice storm blitzed North Carolina's Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Randolph and Rowan counties. "Our crews remain entrenched in these areas and neighborhoods," Corbett added. "Unfortunately, some outages in the hardest-hit communities will extend to March 12.
An army of 4,400 distribution line and tree personnel from Duke Energy's Florida and Midwest service areas, as well as seven neighboring utilities, are supplementing the efforts of the company's regional workers.
Crews continue to make critical repairs to infrastructure including clearing trees, replacing poles, restringing power lines and replacing transformers and other equipment. As crews complete assignments, they are being deployed to other hard-hit areas to assist with power restoration.