Commissioner: Duke Energy power restoration efforts underway

Woody White speaks at a New Hanover County news conference. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — With hundreds of thousands of people without power in our state, efforts to restore it are starting to show results.

This afternoon, Duke Energy tweeted that they had restored power to more than 637,000 customers out of more than 1.1 million outages in the Carolinas.

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Last week, Jeff Brooks said the utility company would bring in more than 2,000 crew members from other states to assist with restorations.

Today at a New Hanover County news conference, Commissioner Woody White addressed the current status.

“We are working with Duke Energy to get assets here as quickly as possible before the floodwaters rise, that’s a concern, and we are dealing with that as quickly as we can. But overall, we have survived this, we have a long way to go. We are probably in the middle of it right now. It’s going to get worse, but we are going to be okay,” said Commissioner White.

Click here for the latest outage maps from Duke Energy.

Remember to report any trees that have fallen into power lines.