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Submitted by Scott Pickey on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 12:53pm.

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE – 12/27/10 - 11:30 a.m.) -– Progress Energy crews have restored service to more than 260,000 customers who lost power in the weekend’s winter storm across the Carolinas, and as of 11:30 a.m. today, more than 500 line and tree workers and support teams are working to restore power to about 6,000 customers currently without electricity. Crews from the mountains to the coast have been working to repair damage from the storm, which created outages beginning late Saturday and through the day Sunday as it moved from west to east, dumping wet snow on trees and power lines. At the peak around 11 a.m. Sunday, more than 80,000 customers were without power. Crews in parts of the state were restoring service even as other customers lost power, due to the rolling nature of the storm. Among the hardest-hit regions that are still being restored include Zebulon, Selma, Maxton, Elizabethtown, Fairmont and Clinton, with other numerous scattered outages across the Carolinas. While the storm's direct effects have ceased, strong winds continue in some areas with the potential to blow snow-laden trees and limbs into power lines, creating new outages. Progress Energy crews will be working as quickly as possible throughout the day to restore service to those customers without power. Customers who lose power should call (800) 419-6356 to report the outage. Customers are also asked to report downed power lines and other safety hazards. Stay away from downed power lines, and keep children and pets away. Progress Energy also asks customers to refrain from driving unnecessarily. Staying off the roads will assist crews in restoring service quickly and safely.

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