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More than 100,000 NC residents without power Sunday

Posted October 13, 2018 10:44 p.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2018 8:05 a.m. EDT

More than 100,000 people in North Carolina were without power Sunday morning after Tropical Storm Michael hit the state late last week.

At the peak of Tropical Storm Michael, about 500,000 people in the Carolinas lost power. Getting it back has been a struggle for some, which was a surprise for those who said they fared well during Hurricane Florence.

Areas in the Triad were hit the hardest, but power lines still fell in the Triangle, causing outages for the past several days.

The Thompson family lost power Thursday evening and said Florence had caused fewer problems than Michael.

“I actually tried to call Duke Energy, but there was no access to speak to anyone,” said resident Pam Thompson. “I was frustrated.”

Lights flickered back on for thousands of Wake County residents Saturday, including the Thompson family.

“I was very happy to know that it was back on,” Thompson said.

Duke Energy said Saturday that 10,000 people are working to get power back across the Carolinas.

Duke Energy said that all residents in Wake County are expected to have power back by Monday night.