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MEDIA ADVISORY: Improved Weather, Additional Resources Speed Power Restoration April 17, 2007 - 5 a.m.

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Approximately 130,000 customer outages remain in Duke Energy’s service area in the Carolinas due to Monday’s significant wind storm.

More than 217,500 customers experienced power outages at the peak Monday as wind gusts from 40 to 60 miles per hour swept through the Carolinas. Severe damage from the storm resulted in uprooted trees, broken utility poles and downed power lines.

Duke Energy crews from the Carolinas and Midwest, assisted by over 800 additional personnel from outside the company’s service area, continue to assess the damage to the electrical system and restore power as quickly and safely as possible.  Restoration for outages in some of the harder hit areas will occur by the end of the week.

Weather conditions are expected to improve today, which will assist the restoration process. Estimated times of restoration (ETORS) for all impacted counties will be available mid-day. ETORS will be posted to the Duke Energy Web site and distributed to media in the Carolinas as soon as it is available.

Members of the public should treat any downed line with extreme caution and treat all lines and any object touching them as energized.  All downed power lines should be reported to Duke Energy and local emergency management.

If the meter box to a customer’s home is damaged or pulled away from the building, customers need to contact a licensed electrician for repairs and their local county inspection office for an inspection.  Customers should turn off their main breaker until damage is repaired.

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