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Duke Energy restores power to 618,000 Carolinas customers following winter storm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy has restored power to 618,000 customers so far in North Carolina and South Carolina, with 91,000 customers remaining to be restored as of 5:30 p.m. today. 

Estimated restoration times for the remaining customers have been posted to the company’s website.

“We deeply appreciate the patience our customers have shown, and we’re doing all we can in these extreme conditions to restore every customer as fast as possible,” said Duke Energy storm director Jason Hollifield.

Estimated power restoration times

The company has provided estimates of when power will be restored to remaining customers whose properties can receive power. Most customers’ power will be restored sooner than these estimates:

Impacted customers who are registered to receive Duke Energy text alerts will receive a text once an estimated restoration time has been established for their property.

Latest general storm information –

Safety reminders

With temperatures at or below freezing, customers should heed the advice of state and local emergency management officials in North Carolina and South Carolina. Both states have mobile apps for the latest information on shelters and other needs.

  • If you plan to use a generator due to a power outage, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and proper operation. Operate your generator outside. Never operate it inside a building or garage.
  • Don’t use grills or other outdoor appliances or equipment indoors for space heating or cooking, as these devices may emit carbon monoxide (CO). The following are symptoms of CO poisoning:  
  • Flu-like symptoms                
  • Headache                
  • Drowsiness                
  • Ringing sensation in the ears                
  • Nausea                
  • Blurred vision                
  • Chest pains                
  • Light-headedness or dizziness 
  • If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, open doors and windows, leave your home / business and consult a physician.
  • Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines. Please report downed power lines to Duke Energy.
  • If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
  • If you are driving and encounter emergency responders or other roadside work crews, remember to MOVE OVER, it’s the law in North Carolina and South Carolina, and a good practice for all drivers.
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