DUKE POWER CREWS WORKING THROUGH THE NIGHT TO RESTORE POWER OUTAGES
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Power will work through the night to restore power outages and make damage assessments. Although rugged terrain and flooded roads present challenges, the company will continue to try and access hard to reach areas to repair damaged equipment and restore electric service. Today, Duke Power has restored 75,000 customer outages. As of 9 p.m., approximately 100,000 outages remain; outages peaked around 175,000.
The company has 1,500 Duke Power personnel working its hardest hit areas which include the Western counties of North and South Carolina.
Always remember to stay away from downed or sagging power lines, and do not touch anything that is on or near a power line (i.e., trees or tree limbs, cars, ladders).
Duke Power customers experiencing a power outage should call 1-800-POWERON; Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-866-4APAGON (1-866-427-2466). Customers in the Nantahala area should call their local Duke Power office.
NOTE: These are estimated restoration dates and times, which are subject to change. The majority of storm-related customer outages in these counties should be restored by this time. However, there may be scattered outages remaining.
Individuals living along lakes, rivers and other low-lying and flood prone areas should pay close attention to local media and emergency management officials for changing
For updated lake level information, go to dukepower.com or call Duke Power’s Lake Neighbor Information line at 1-800-829-Lake (5253). Customers in the Nantahala area should call 1-866-332-5253.
Below are projected lake levels as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2004:
THE NEXT UPDATE WILL BE PROVIDED AT 7 A.M. ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER, 18, 2004. THIS UPDATE WILL INCLUDE AN UPDATE ON CUSTOMER OUTAGES BY COUNTY.
Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with more than 2 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system generating capability is approximately 19,900 megawatts. More information about Duke Power is available on the Internet at: www.dukepower.com.
Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in North America and selected international markets. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: