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Power outages from Irene falling

Posted August 29, 2011

— Around 315,000 homes and businesses across eastern North Carolina remained without power early Monday, three days after Hurricane Irene made landfall in the state.

That's down from nearly 1 million customers of various utilities who lost power at some point during the storm.

Progress Energy reported outages affecting 98,000 customers across a wide swath of North Carolina, from the Triangle to the coast.

The counties with the most customers without power were Craven at 13,800, Wayne at 11,400, Nash at 10,900 and Onslow at 10,500. Thousands were also still without power in Franklin, Lenoir, Duplin, Carteret, Beaufort and Pamlico counties.

Progress Energy estimated that most customers would have power back by midnight Wednesday. Outages could linger into Thursday for the hardest-hit areas, including Zebulon, Selma, Spring Hope, New Bern, Jacksonville, Morehead City and Kinston.

Virginia-based Dominion Power had 59,000 customers without electricity. That includes nearly 4,400 customers along the northern Outer Banks. Other outages covered northeastern counties, from Halifax to Currituck and Dare.

North Carolina's electric cooperatives had 63,000 customers without power Monday morning. Power agencies run by cities and towns reported outages affecting 95,000 customers as of Sunday night.

Utilities concentrate first on restoring service to power plants and transmission lines, then feeder lines and smaller power lines, and finally individual buildings.

Porgress Energy had 14 transmission lines and 22 substations stop running during the hurricane. All but one transmission line and two substations were up and running again by Sunday night.

The company has more than 2,200 personnel working to restore power.


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  • sayheyray Aug 30, 2011

    Just want to say Thank You to Duke Power for their hard work in restoring power to the West Edgecombe Community in Rocky Mount.

  • YELLOWDAISIES Aug 29, 2011

    Progress Engery is one of the cheapest companies when I compare my bill with friends in Wilson and Rocky Mount I am shocked. I am sure they are wking as hard as they can and no I don't have power I live right outside of Spring Hope.

  • harmstrong4 Aug 29, 2011

    progress energy is worse company around.

  • Bob3425 Aug 29, 2011

    Prepareness, you live near the beach and don't have a generater shame on you, for the people inland I think it still pays to have one. However, I hope thing get back to normal for them.

  • nonPC Aug 29, 2011

    All I can say is thank you!

  • righthere1234 Aug 29, 2011

    Huh. Living in Zebulon, I didn't realize we were one of the hardest hit areas in the Triangle.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 29, 2011

    "How about Edgecombe County?"

    Umm... Sounds like you may be without power much longer.

  • luvmyjackrascal Aug 29, 2011

    Wow - Wednesday night. I know Progress Energy is working as hard as they can, but it sure is hard sitting in a 91 degree house. Thanks to Progress Energy for your hard work.

  • Karmageddon Aug 29, 2011

    "three days after Hurricane Irene made landfall in the state"

    From early Saturday morning to early Monday morning is not three days

  • skhouse26 Aug 29, 2011

    How about Edgecombe County?