Power restored throughout N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The lights are back on for nearly everyone
in North Carolina who lost electricity during the deadly spring
storms.

Progress Energy announced late Wednesday that virtually all
power has been restored to its customers. A handful of homes and
businesses were damaged too badly for service to be restored.

At one point, power outages from Saturday's storms affected more
than 340,000 customers of the Raleigh-based utility. That's the
highest number since December 2002.

In some locations, the winds were so strong they actually swept
poles and power lines away. More than 800 utility poles had to be
replaced by the company.

Progress CEO Lloyd Yates says the restoration effort involved
more than 1,500 personnel working in the field.

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