PRNewswire 13-Oct-2018 4:18 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 13, 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- About 1.1 million customers in the Carolinas were affected by power outages from Tropical Storm Michael. As of Saturday afternoon, that number was down to 175,000.
At the height of the storm Thursday, about 554,000 customers were without power – the peak number during the event.
"We have more than 10,000 people working to restore power," said Duke Energy Storm Director Rufus Jackson. "We are grateful to our customer for their patience after enduring two major storms in the past month. We have restored nearly one million outages in the two days since the storm passed, and we won't rest until everyone is back."
Jackson added that all Carolina-based line workers have been responding to the storm since the beginning. They have been joined by crews from Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Texas.
The Triad area of North Carolina took the toughest blow from Tropical Storm Michael, with Guilford, Rockingham, Alamance and Caswell counties among the hardest hit.
Power restoration information, by geographical zone, is available at:
Power line safety
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.
The company's Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.
A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.
More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
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