Tens of thousands without power on North Carolina coast ahead of Hurricane Florence landfall

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Hurricane Florence hasn’t even touched ground yet and thousands of people are without power in several counties in North Carolina, according to Duke Energy.

According to Duke Energy, the following counties have more than 1,000 outages:

  • Carteret (24,678)
  • Onslow (14,240)
  • Craven (13,522)
  • Pamlico (3,878)
  • Pender (4,816)
  • Jones (1,791)
  • New Hanover (3,042)
  • Wayne (1,177)
  • Chatham (1,218)
  • Sampson (1,066)

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reports there are more than 136,000 outages statewide as of 11 p.m.

Florence was last reported less than 100 miles out from Wilmington.

With storm surge warnings and watches for much of the state’s coast, it is possible to see those numbers grow as the hurricane nears.

Duke Energy already announced that the power company expects between 1 and 3 million people to lose power in the Carolinas.