Power outages resolved, wind-caused outages to be resolved tomorrow, Duke Energy says – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy announced that all outages caused by a power outage had been resolved as of 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

Most of the remaining outages caused by the storm are expected to be fixed by tomorrow.

The company began the temporary outages shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday to protect the power grid.

Just before 12pm they told Channel 9’s Joe Bruno that they were no longer cutting outages.

“We are taking a methodical approach to restoring customers, rolling out small groups sequentially so that we can maintain reliable power for all customers as we complete these restorations,” Duke Energy said.

Duke Energy said the extremely cold weather is creating unprecedented demand on the system.

Residents are asked to conserve power while the utility works to restore remaining outages.

More than 1,000 customers were without power in Mecklenburg County as of 11 p.m. Saturday, according to Duke Energy’s outage maps.

About 88 outages were reported in the county, and Duke Energy said repairs and damage assessments are underway.

Across the Carolinas, more than 9,000 customers were without power as a result of more than 700 outages Saturday.

On Saturday, Governor Cooper issued a statement regarding the outages, saying:

“I spoke with Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good this morning to offer assistance and express the urgency of the need to quickly restore power in this extreme cold while keeping customers accurately informed.” I am grateful to the workers who braved the wind and cold to restore power.”

In Gastonia, residents are being asked to limit their electricity use for the next 48 hours as ongoing power outages are caused by high energy demands.

The City of Rock Hill announced the possibility of power outages lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. The city also announced that Duke Energy would not provide a timetable for when or where the power outage would occur.

First responders are struggling with a high volume of calls as cold temperatures cause pipes to burst in Carolina homes.

The Charlotte Fire Department announced that they will now prioritize life-threatening calls.

Complete map of outages in our area can be found here.

This is a developing story. Check back on wsoctv.com.

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