News Release
Feb. 01, 1999

TEXAS EASTERN DONATES $5,000 TO FIRE DEPARTMENT IN WAKE OF DESTRUCTIVE TORNADO

HOUSTON - Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. and its parent company, Duke Energy, are giving a $5,000 emergency disaster recovery donation to the Beebe, Ark., Fire Department, which will use this donation toward replacing equipment after a furious tornado ripped through the town of 6,000 recently.

Several employees of the Texas Eastern pipeline, which runs through the community, were affected by the twister, which destroyed the middle and high schools along with hundreds of homes. Local Texas Eastern employees have donated their own funds toward food for the families who are homeless at this time.

"The fire department lost both fire trucks, lost its generator and lost its building," said Bob Russell, Arkansas area superintendent for Texas Eastern. "The city of Beebe has been a gas customer of ours for more than 30 years. We know these people, and we feel compassion toward those in our community who are suffering."

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is a global energy company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. The company reaches into more than 50 countries, producing energy, transporting energy, marketing energy and providing energy services. In the United States, Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina; operate interstate pipelines that deliver natural gas to various regions of the country; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Liz Johnson
Phone: (713) 627-5011
24 Hour Phone: (704) 594-0681
Email: evjohnson@duke-energy.com