Duke Energy deploys 1,200 workers as hurricane churns up coast

Most of the workers are contractors who normally work in the service areas of Duke Energy and Progress Energy

Charlotte, N.C., October 29, 2012 — Duke Energy made 1,200 line workers available to help other utilities restore power in Hurricane Sandy's aftermath.

Most of the workers are contractors who normally work in the service areas of Duke Energy and Progress Energy.

The company said it will make additional crews available later in the week after the storm passes through its service areas, which include parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Florida.

Many of the contract workers released for service today are based in Florida, which have experienced no major impacts from the storm. Some additional crews have been released from parts of Indiana that are not expected to be affected.

Line workers directly employed by Duke Energy and Progress Energy will remain in the company's service areas to handle existing and potential outages in those locations.

Duke Energy units Progress Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Carolinas worked to restore outages over the weekend as Hurricane Sandy grazed the North Carolina coast and western mountains. The company is expecting high winds and snow in the North Carolina mountains, which could cause additional outages. High-wind advisories are in place in many Duke Energy service areas in the Midwest, as well.

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