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Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky Faces Extensive Repairs from Sunday's High Winds Large number of individual problems may stretch power restoration through Saturday

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CINCINNATI, OHIO -

High winds from Hurricane Ike rolled through the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area Sunday afternoon and knocked out power to nearly 700,000 customers in the region. There were about 580,000 customers out of service as of Monday afternoon.

Winds up to 75 miles per hour caused extensive damage to the power infrastructure, resulting in outages in virtually every county in the company’s Ohio and Kentucky service territory.

"This is the worst our company has ever experienced in Ohio and Kentucky in terms of number of customers affected," said Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky President Sandra Meyer. "It’s also significant in terms of the number of individual problem areas, which makes restoring power slower-going. We’re urging people to be safe by avoiding downed power lines and trees or debris near those lines."

A total of 500 workers are in the field today restoring service, assessing damage and clearing downed vegetation. A significant number of additional crews will arrive tonight, particularly from Duke Energy Carolinas.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 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.

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.


Contact: Duke Energy Media Relations
Phone: 704-382-8333
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