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Duke Energy Releases Estimates for Power Restoration March 2, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Duke Energy personnel are making progress in restoring outages caused by last night’s winter storm, with power restored to more than 49,000 customers across the company’s North Carolina and South Carolina service area. At the peak of the storm, approximately 185,000 customers were without power.

Restoration work will continue through Wednesday. Duke Energy officials encourage customers with medical conditions and special needs to make appropriate plans. Below are the most current estimates for power restoration, by county:

South Carolina
Anderson County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Cherokee County 11 p.m. Tuesday
Greenville County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Greenwood County 11 p.m. Monday
Lancaster County 11 p.m. Monday
Laurens County 11 p.m. Monday
Oconee County 11 p.m. Tuesday
Pickens County 11 p.m. Tuesday
Spartanburg County 11 p.m. Wednesday
York County 11 a.m. Tuesday
North Carolina
Alamance County 5 p.m. Monday
Alexander County 5 p.m. Tuesday
Burke County 11 p.m. Monday
Cabarrus County 11 p.m. Monday
Catawba County 5 p.m. Tuesday
Cherokee County 11 p.m. Tuesday
Cleveland County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Davidson County 11 a.m. Wednesday
Davie County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Forsyth County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Gaston County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Guilford County 11 p.m. Monday
Henderson County 11 a.m. Tuesday
Iredell County 5 p.m. Tuesday
Lincoln County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Mecklenburg Co. 5 p.m. Tuesday
Polk County 11 a.m. Tuesday
Randolph County 11 a.m. Wednesday
Rockingham County 5 p.m. Monday
Rowan County 11 p.m. Tuesday
Rutherford County 11 a.m. Tuesday
Stanley County 11 p.m. Tuesday
Stokes County 11 p.m. Tuesday
Transylvania County 11 a.m. Tuesday
Union County 11 p.m. Monday

Counties where storm restoration work has been completed are not listed here.

In all, more than 4,400 workers are responding to the storm, including approximately 750 personnel from Duke Energy’s Midwest service area and neighboring utilities.

Additional storm tips and outage information can be found on the Duke Energy web at http://www.duke-energy.com/. Customers can also get storm news updates on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DukeEnergyStorm.

Duke Energy's Carolinas operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 19,000 net megawatts of electricity to approximately 2.4 million electric customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers and natural gas service to approximately 520,000 customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 net 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 net 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: http://www.duke-energy.com/.


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