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Duke Energy estimates all power will be restored by Sunday

Posted October 11

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— Progress was being made Tuesday as crews continue to work around the clock to restore power across the state.

Late Tuesday night, more than 9,000 customers in Wake County were still without power out of 425,000 customers served. In Cumberland County, about 3,000 out of 31,000 customers were still in the dark while 5,400 out of 41,000 remained without power in Wayne County. In Robeson County, nearly 19,000 out of 23,000 were without power.

Residents said things have been difficult since Hurricane Matthew knocked power out Saturday. Many of them have thrown away food and left their homes for shelters or a relative’s house as they waited and watched as power crews made their rounds.

Raleigh resident Ruth Baker had power returned Tuesday after a huge tree fell in her yard.

“There are 45 families, well 45 homes, that are now quite happy because when the tree went down, it took everything off that pole which affected 45 families,” Baker said.

Duke Energy says they estimate all power will be restored by Oct. 16.

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  • Heather Bank Oct 12, 4:50 p.m.
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    Why people don't just get coolers and ice I will never know. Hubby and I saved all our food by getting ice and removing all perishables from the frig.

  • Rod Runner Oct 12, 11:53 a.m.
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    Also, unless your house is also flooded, I find it weird that you would go to a shelter just because your power is out. I imagine there might be some extreme circumstances, but please, leave space and resources at the shelters for people that really need it. Be glad there is a roof over your head, whether you had to throw out food or not.

    Maybe this will teach people that they shouldn't buy so many eggs and so much milk during hurricanes and ice storms? If you lose power, what good is it going to be to you?

  • Rod Runner Oct 12, 11:50 a.m.
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    Yesterday, some linemen were having lunch in IHOP. Obviously on a break from the long days of work they are doing and a woman was loudly complaining that they should be out working to restore power faster.

    What is wrong with people?

    If I was the linemen, I would have said, "sorry ma'am, please let us know your address so we can help." Then I would make sure she got power last.

    Fortunately for her, I imagine these men are good guys and will get her power on as soon as they can during the normal course of their work.

    Lady, give them a break, literally.

  • Matt Clinton Oct 12, 8:45 a.m.
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    All credit to the crews out in the field for the hard work and long hours. I'm hoping that the folks on the management side will learn from what happened this time to make the next time go faster and more smoothly. There's always room to improve, especially in mangement