RALEIGH, N.C. (WGHP) — Governor Roy Cooper provided an update on Sunday as winter weather continues to sweep through the Piedmont Triad.

More than 90,000 homes and businesses statewide were reported without power across the state at 1:30 p.m., and power outages are continuing to increase.

Duke Energy has 10,000 workers ready to deal with power outages, and about 200 National Guard soldiers are in Western and Central NC.

An estimated 750,000 customers could lose power in North Carolina and South Carolina, according to a Duke Energy statement released on Saturday.

Power outages in some of the hardest-hit areas could last several days.

Check ReadyNC for plans on how to prepare for power outages and DriveNC to monitor road conditions.

Cooper and NC transportation officials urged people not to drive anywhere on Sunday unless they absolutely have to. If you do drive, reduce your speed and move over if you see any crews on the roads.

“For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or getting stranded is to stay put,” Cooper said. “Fewer people on the road means fewer car crashes, plus it allows highway crews and utility workers to get faster results.”

Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said that over 1,200 NC Department of Transportation employees and contractors have been pre-treating the roads since Thursday. Nearly two-and-a-half-million gallons of brine have been spread by crews.

Crews have more than 160,000 tons of salt on hand. Over 400 trucks are staged and ready to go.

Response times are expected to be slower than usual due to labor shortages impacting crews around the state.

NC Highway Patrol troopers have received around 460 calls, and there have been about 200 collisions reported so far.

Some counties have opened or are preparing shelters or warming centers for people who are without power and heat for an extended time. 

North Carolina Emergency Management recommends these safety tips if your power goes out:

  • Report power outages to your electric utility company. Refrain from calling 911, except for life safety emergencies.
  • Keep cell phones and mobile devices charged before power goes out.
  • Operate generators outdoors and away from doors and windows – never in your home or garage, deadly carbon monoxide fumes can accumulate.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors or use a gas grill indoors.
  • Use battery-powered sources for light, not candles.
  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. Adding ice or snow from outside can help keep contents cold.