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Crews making progress getting the lights back on


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Hurricane Irene finally moved out of North Carolina over night, but its effects are still being felt. As of 7 p.m., Progress Energy says 124,507 of its customers in eastern North Carolina still do not have power. That is significantly lower than the peak level of outages, which was 280,000 customers at 2 p.m. Saturday.

About 6,700 customers in New Hanover County still do not have electricity, though that is down from about 58,000 homes and business yesterday morning.

Progress Energy says Onslow County has 10,400 outages along with 4,700 in Duplin County. No other county in our area has more than 4,000 outages.

North Carolina's electric cooperatives say they've restored power to 43,000 of the 109,000 customers who lost service during the storm. Now that the wind has died down, crews will be better able to do their work.

Four County Electric Membership Corporation says as of 4 p.m., there are only a few scattered outages among its members. You can report outages (888) 368-7289. Four County will also keep members updated via Facebook (Four County Electric Membership Corporation) and

Crews responded to outages as early as Friday afternoon and worked into Friday night until worsening weather conditions made it unsafe to do so.

Progress Energy expects the restoration to take several days in the hardest-hit areas. To report an outage, you can call them at (800) 419-6356.

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You guys rock!

Thank you to all Progress Energy workers who worked so diligently to restore power to all. I only lost power for about 6 hours during the whole event.

Thank you also to Time Warner, who restored cable/internet yesterday around noon.


We greatly appreciate the dedicated workers who labored with such commitment. We prayed for your safety. We rejoiced when the lights came on at 206 Briarwood Lane, New Bern, NC, at 8:30 pm Sunday.

Dennis Wiggs


THIS is what happens when you have standards of operations between companies. Companies are able to come in from out of town and do work with our local company to get power back quicker. It makes things easier on the crews and streamlines if we could get our government to work the same way....

I can say that while I don't like payin that electric bill every month...they don't play around on getting service back to their customers.

Thank you Progress Energy

Thank you Progress Energy for doing a great job!

Is power on in Grandy, NC?

Is power on in Grandy, NC?

Be safe

All restoring power -- BE SAFE!

hurricane supplies

If your power is out and you need ice I found plenty at the twice the Ice vending machine at7 s kerr ave. in wilmington. Please pass on

Power on!

Just got power back in Hampstead out on 210.

Power and cable is back on

Power and cable is back on in the Kings Grant area.

Thanks to all the men and

Thanks to all the men and women of the utility companies,both power and communications companies, who work day and night to restore service to their customers. you are very much appreciated.