Duke Energy ends temporary outage, focuses on restoring power in Carolina – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy has announced that it is now focusing on restoring power after a series of temporary outages in the Carolinas.

The company initiated a temporary blackout shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday to protect the grid.

Just before 12 noon they told Channel 9’s Joe Bruno that they were no longer rolling blackouts.

“We are taking a methodical approach to restoring customers, bringing in small groups sequentially so we can maintain reliable power for all of our customers as we complete these restoration efforts,” Duke Energy said.

Duke Energy said the extremely cold weather created unprecedented demands on the system.

Residents were asked to conserve electricity as companies worked to restore the remainder of the outage.

More than 9,000 customers in Mecklenburg County were without power as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Duke Energy’s outage map.

About 400 outages were reported in the county, and Duke Energy said repairs and damage assessments were underway.

More than 300,000 customers were without power across the Carolinas due to more than 6,000 outages Saturday.

On Saturday, Governor Cooper issued a statement regarding the outage saying:

“I spoke to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good this morning to help and express the urgency of restoring power quickly in these extreme cold conditions while keeping customers accurately informed. I am grateful to the workers We braved the wind and cold to restore power.”

A complete map of power outages in our region can be found here.

This is a developing story.check back wsoctv.com.

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