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Duke Energy Working to Restore Power Outages Caused by Carolinas wind storm April 16, 2007

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Duke Energy personnel are responding to more than 200,000 customer outages caused by the high winds in Duke Energy’s Carolinas service area. With high winds expected to continue through Tuesday, there may be additional power outages and restoration is expected to take several days in the hardest hit areas.

“With wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour in some areas, this storm has created a significant number of customer power outages,” said Theopolis Holeman, Duke Energy’s senior vice president of power delivery. “Duke Energy crews are being impacted by the treacherous wind conditions, but will continue to work around the clock until all power outages are restored. Additional Duke Energy crews from the Midwest and other utilities will begin arriving later today. Several hundred Duke Energy personnel are answering customer calls, delivering supplies and coordinating logistics.”

All downed power lines and any object touching a line should be regarded as potentially energized and dangerous.

The quickest way for customers to report power outages is by calling 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766); Spanish speaking customers can reach Duke Energy, toll-free, by dialing 1-866-4-APAGON (1-866-427-2466). Outages reported on these lines are routed automatically to those responsible for responding to them.

Storm-related information and Duke Energy weather updates can be accessed online at: http://www.duke-energy.com/outages/stats/

Duke Energy Corp., one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 3.9 million U.S. customers. The company has nearly 37,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

Duke Energy's Carolinas operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 21,000 megawatts of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 2.2 million electric customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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: www.duke-energy.com.


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