"We continue to carefully monitor this weather system and are ready to respond should outages occur," said Theopolis Holeman, Duke Power's executive vice president, power delivery. "We have contacted state and local emergency management officials, inventoried supplies, prepared our employees and evaluated contract and outside utility crew availability."
Holeman emphasized that high winds can result in downed power lines, and that customers should stay away from all lines as well as trees, tree limbs or any structure that the lines may be touching.
"This type of storm can also bring heavy rainfall," Holeman continued. "To prepare for this potential, we have lowered our lake levels as appropriate throughout the area."
When outages occur, Duke Power focuses restoration efforts in the following sequence, many of which occur simultaneously:
This sequence enables power restoration to public health and safety facilities and to the greatest number of locations in the shortest length of time.
Duke Power officials offer tips for preparing for any outage situation:
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