Duke Energy moves crews in anticipation storm

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has begun moving crews in anticipation of a winter storm expected to cover its Carolinas service territory with snow, sleet and ice.

A total of 150 workers are en route from the company’s Midwest operations to Greensboro, N.C., and another 250 are coming up from Florida and will be staged in Florence, S.C.

They will bolster the company’s regular complement of line technicians, service crews and other personnel who all stand ready to respond to outages as they occur.

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“Today’s flurries appear to be just an ominous appetizer for the main blast of winter weather scheduled to arrive tomorrow and into Thursday,” said Jeff Corbett, senior vice president of Duke Energy’s Carolinas Delivery Operations. “The severity and impact of the storm depends on several factors, including temperature and wind. But the clouds are gathering and we are prepared for whatever comes our way.”

Duke Energy urges customers 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 (1-800-769-3766)
  • Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356

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