As of 8 a.m., February 13, Duke Energy reported about 190,000 outages the day after a winter storm rolled through the Carolinas. About 3,400 Duke Energy crews are in the field today continuing power outage restoration. More crews are on the way, according to the utility.
"Some of our service territory took a hard blow from the storm," said Jeff Corbett, senior vice president of Duke Energy's Carolinas Delivery Operations. "We are concentrating our efforts on assessing damage and working to restore power in these hard-hit areas.
The outages are split almost evenly between the two states, with roughly 92,000 in North Carolina and 98,000 in South Carolina. Among the hardest hits areas: New Hanover, Onslow and Wake counties in N.C.; and Florence and Sumter counties in S.C.
In addition, some areas like Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg counties in S.C. and Columbus County, N.C., have a large percentage of customers without power.
Overall, customer outages have totaled more than 500,000. In some cases, a customer may have experienced more than one outage.
In addition to 1,000 extra personnel from Duke Energy's Midwest and Florida operations, the company is moving crews in unaffected regions to areas of greatest need. Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress serve a wide geographic area of North Carolina and South Carolina.