CHARLOTTE, NC (NEWS RELEASE)-– Duke Energy is bracing for a rare coastal ice storm that is forecast to hit eastern North Carolina and South Carolina Tuesday.
Duke Energy’s team of meteorologists continues to monitor the system. Line technicians, service crews and other personnel are available throughout the company’s service areas and are ready to respond to outages and emergencies, if they occur.
Also, the company is shifting an additional 300 responders from areas less likely to experience power outages to the coastal areas to assist with outage restoration.
“Storms are unpredictable. Until we are confident in the storm’s path and its impact to our customers, we will keep an appropriate number of resources in our communities throughout the Carolinas to assist with restoration efforts prior to moving them to other areas,” said Jeff Corbett, senior vice president of Duke Energy’s Carolinas Delivery Operations.
Duke Energy urges customers, especially those located in communities along the coast, to be prepared:
Check your supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, etc.
Ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA weather radio is on hand.
Do not attempt to heat your home with a gas grill or by bringing a generator inside. Only operate such equipment outdoors in well-ventilated areas. Follow manufacturer instructions.
Check on family members, friends and neighbors who have special medical needs or who are elderly to ensure they have necessary emergency supplies. Encourage them to determine now what action they would take in the event of an extended power outage.
Customers who experience an outage should call Duke Energy’s automated outage-reporting systems for their respective utility:
Duke Energy Carolinas: 1(800)-POWERON
Duke Energy Progress: 1(800) 419-6356