RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Carolina's electric cooperatives are making significant progress, restoring more than half of the outages experienced at peak on Sunday morning. The cooperatives report 106,000 outages as of noon on Monday.
Remaining outages are concentrated in southeastern and coastal counties. Reinforcements of 68 crews, made up of close to 270 workers, from western N.C. cooperatives and surrounding states are working alongside local crews to get the power back on faster. Cooperative crews are following a plan to repair local systems as quickly and safely as possible, despite limited access due to flooding, debris and fallen trees.
The majority of the remaining 106,000 electric cooperative outages are transmission-based. Duke Energy owns and maintains a significant portion of the transmission lines that run across our state. When Duke Energy is able to restore transmission service to co-op substations, local electric cooperatives will be able to return service to most of their members. Cooperatives are working closely with Duke Energy and will continue to share information as it becomes available.
The cooperatives would like to thank members experiencing outages for their patience. Restoring power as quickly as possible is the electric cooperatives' priority, and while we await transmission restoration, we will continue our work – around the clock – to repair any remaining damages to our distribution systems.
Members are reminded to stay far away from downed or sagging power lines. Always assume that a power line is energized and potentially dangerous.
North Carolina's 26 electric cooperatives collectively serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93 of the state's 100 counties. Six electric cooperatives serve 16 North Carolina beaches, and many more serve hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in other parts of eastern North Carolina.
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SOURCE North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives