News Release
Feb. 16, 2003

DUKE POWER STANDS READY TO RESPOND TO ICE STORM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Power personnel are prepared to respond to the potentially severe winter ice storm that is threatening the Carolinas.  The only outages in Duke Power’s service territory are in Rockingham County, NC, which has 450 outages.

"We continue to carefully monitor this weather system and stand ready to respond to outages," said E.O. Ferrell, senior vice president of electric distribution for Duke Power. "Our 2,200 line and tree personnel are on full storm alert and have been augmented by several hundred additional contract and off system crews who began arriving yesterday afternoon."

Ferrell emphasized that the storm could result in downed power lines, and that customers should treat all lines as ‘energized,’ as well as trees, tree limbs or any structure that the lines may be touching.

Ferrell explained that if outages occur the company’s first priority is to work on the major feeder lines. "This will restore service to the largest number of customers in the shortest time. Once this ‘backbone’ of the system is repaired, we are able to move on to neighborhoods and individual customers with isolated problems."


THE NEXT UPDATE WILL BE PROVIDED AT:  2:30 p.m. today.

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