Power flickers on two days after storm
Posted June 15, 2013
Updated June 16, 2013
Garner, N.C. — Most customers of Duke Energy Progress who lost power in Thursday evening's high winds were enjoying the benefits of electricity by Sunday morning, a company spokesman said.
Of the more than 700,000 customers who lost power to downed trees and power lines at the peak of the problem, only a handful were still without it by Sunday morning and crews were working quickly to finish the job.
Residents of Rockdell Mobile Home Park in Garner were among those who suffered the longest. The entire park was dark through Saturday evening. Storms down tries, knock out power
Donna and Dennis Williams ran their generator Saturday, but most of their neighbors didn't have that option.
"This is the first time since I've been down here that we've been without service for more than a couple of hours," she said.
Neighbors came across a fleet of power trucks parked down the road, but were told the workers were contractors from Tennessee waiting for their next assignment.
The power company response ruffled a few feathers in the mobile home park.
"It is a lot slower than Progress Energy was," Williams said of the response from the newly merged Duke Energy Progress. "I know it is the same people, but I don't know if we are getting the same service," Williams said.
Officials said the high number of outages after the fast-moving storm were on par with what they see after a hurricane.