Duke Energy ready to respond to power outages in Carolinas as Irma blows into the region

Announced Date :  Sep 11, 2017


Duke Energy is prepared for potentially widespread power outages in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph from what is now Tropical Storm Irma are expected to blow trees and large branches onto power lines in both states.
Restoration could take several days in certain areas, depending on the severity of damage to Duke Energy's electric distribution system.

"More than 4,500 storm responders, including power line workers, tree professionals, damage assessors and support personnel, are positioned across North Carolina and South Carolina, ready to quickly respond to power outages wherever they occur," said Tim Tripp, Duke Energy's director of storm response for the Carolinas.

"We'll work to safely restore power as quickly as possible – and won't stop until every customer's lights are back on," Tripp said.

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