PRNewswire 7-Dec-2018 3:06 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy meteorologists today modeled the latest forecast for an approaching winter storm and project the heavy wet snow, sleet and freezing rain will result in approximately 500,000 power outages or more for homes and businesses in the Carolinas.
"There remains a lot of uncertainty with this storm," said longtime Duke Energy chief meteorologist Nick Keener. "A slight change in the storm's track or in the temperature could result in fewer or even more outages, so everyone needs to be prepared."
More than six inches of snow or a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation will cause branches to sag and trees to fall, bringing power lines down with them. Additionally, hazardous road conditions can result in vehicle accidents which further increase the risk for power outages as cars hit power poles and other electrical infrastructure.
The company typically requires 12-24 hours to fully assess damage from a significant weather event, even while simultaneously restoring power. Winter storms can present additional challenges to moving personnel and equipment to hard hit areas.
Widespread power outages expected
Based on the current forecast, widespread, multiple-day power outages are expected for the Mountains, Foothills, Piedmont, Triad and Triangle areas of North Carolina and portions of Upstate South Carolina and customers should be prepared.
Duke Energy has more than 8,700 line and tree workers, damage assessors and support personnel ready to respond. However, weather and travel conditions may be hazardous and challenging, and could delay damage assessment and restoration.
With temperatures below freezing, customers should make a plan to move family members – especially those with special needs – to a safe, alternative location in case an extended power outage occurs. We urge everyone to be prepared and stay safe – and encourage other family members, friends and neighbors to do the same.
Customers who experience an outage during the storm have multiple ways on how to report it:
Duke Energy also will provide updates on its social media channels to keep customers informed if significant outages occur:
About Duke Energy
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.
Contact: Corporate Communications
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