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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Cold and powerless. That’s the situation in thousands of homes around our area, as families wonder when will their lights come back on.

Duke Energy Progress says southeastern North Carolina was one of the hardest hit places.

“I was washing the dishes and heard a big thump,” Shelley Zacek of Brunswick County said. “I came outside to see what was going on, and the power lines are down.”

Power has been out in her neighborhood Since 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“It sounded like a gun shot went off,” Tim Middlesworth said.

With the lights off and no where to go, the Zacek family has kept busy playing cards, but they decided today it was time to get some fresh air.

“It was to get out of the house and go to the mall, where there is warmth and power,” Zacek said.

With thousands of customers still powerless, Duke Energy Progress says it is doing its best to restore electricity as quickly as possible.

“This will be a multi-day outage, because of the severity of it, so we ask for customers patience,” Duke Energy Progress spokesman Dave Scanzoni said.

But for people without heat, that is easier said than done.

“If there is anything I can do to help, I’ll do it,” Middlesworth said. “Anything to get the power back on.”

Duke Energy Progress has 4,000 crew members across the state working 18 hour days to turn the lights back on. Teams from South Carolina, Indiana and Ohio are also helping out.

“With all these extra crews and resources, we hope to make more progress,” Scanzoni said.

Duke Energy Progress says Tuesday 45 percent of customers in New Hanover County were without power along with 40 percent in Brunswick County. This afternoon it was down to less than 20 percent in New Hanover and 25 percent in Brunswick.


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  • GuestAgain

    I have to say that I was feeling a little let down and panicky by the second day of no power. No power for us means no water and the possibility of frozen pipes and ruined wells and pumps. I too, had not seen the hint of a company truck. As I went home yesterday to pack up a few things to go stay in a hotel, I passed a Duke Energy SUV. I flagged him down and asked him if they knew a better timeline. Even after numerous reported outages in our area, I called again minutes before running into this man, and the recording stated that there were no reported outages in my area. What? I told the man this and within 10 minutes I had 4 Duke Energy trucks with full crews on our street. Power was restored within the hour. The crew explained to me that they were from Reidsville & Greensboro, and were doing the best they could to work with Progress Energy service tickets (different from what Duke uses) and also they simply don’t know their way around. I spent an hour pointing them to addresses and showing them problem areas. They were very appreciative. Another resident asked them if they could help her. One of the crew followed her to her house. They are working FOR us, and doing the best they can. I have called Duke Energy and given them the names of the men that helped our street and made sure their supervisors knew how helpful they were. Don’t rely on the automated system. If you see the linemen, politely ask them for help. Believe me, they are out during all hours and braving the elements during this time. They want your power on as soon as possible too, so they can go home! remember to take the extra time to make the phone call and praise the linemen!

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