News Release
Jan. 31, 2000

DUKE POWER CONTINUES SERVICE RESTORATION EFFORTS AFTER THIRD WINTER STORM IN A WEEK

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 31, 2000 -- Duke Power crews have restored service to almost 50,000 of the peak number of 90,000 customers left without electric power Sunday by the third winter storm in a week to affect the Piedmont Carolinas.

As of 5 a.m. today, about 40,000 Duke Power customers remained without electric service. Hardest hit areas include Greenwood County, S.C., and the Charlotte, Salisbury, Greensboro, High Point, Burlington and Winston-Salem areas in North Carolina.

A slight warming trend will help restoration efforts as more than 2,200 Duke Power employees and contractors work to restore electrical service to all customers in the company’s service area.

North Carolina

Location/ Number/ Estimated service restoration by:

Charlotte 3,800 Tonight
Kannapolis 1,100 Tonight
Salisbury 3,700 Tonight
High Point 8,300 Tuesday morning
Greensboro 1,800 Tuesday morning
Burlington 4,400 Tuesday morning
Winston Salem 3,850 Tonight
Chapel Hill 600 Tonight

South Carolina

Location/ Number/ Estimated restoration of service by:

Greenwood 11,000 Tuesday morning
Spartanburg 600 Tonight

Winter storms can result in downed power lines and may present serious safety hazards for anyone who could come in contact with the lines or objects touching the lines. Duke Power encourages citizens to report all downed lines, as well as power outages to 1-800-POWERON.

Duke Power offers the following suggestions to customers:

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to nearly two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Power operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system capability is 19,252 megawatts.

Duke Energy, a premier global energy services company, serves customers and creates shareholder value through an integrated network of energy assets and energy experts. As market leaders in their respective fields, Duke Energy businesses manage a multi-national portfolio of energy supply, delivery and trading assets valued at approximately $30 billion. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://wvw.duke-energy.com.

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