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Update: Duke Energy brings in 3,700 personnel to restore electricity

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Updated 8:20 p.m.

About 3,700 Duke Energy personnel are responding to an ice storm that hit the Carolinas on Friday.

The storm affected more than 583,000 customers. More than 300,000 still had no electricity tonight.

With the additional personnel, Duke Energy hoped to restore power to most of their customers on Saturday. The hardest-hit counties are in the Piedmont Triad. At one point, more than 145,000 Duke Energy customers in Guilford County lost power.

Even with the effort, Don Campbell, division director for Guilford County Emergency Management, said there could be people in the county whose electricity isn't restored this weekend.


Updated 7:10 p.m.

Power could be out for days for thousands of Piedmont Triad residents, Duke Energy officials said.

“We expect this to be a multi-day outage,” said spokeswoman Lisa Parrish.

The company brought about 1,000 linemen, assessors and tree-trimmers into the Triad to help with repairs.

“We’ve had a lot of different reasons for outages,” Parrish said. “There are a lot of power lines down.”

People should avoid downed power lines because they could be live, Parrish said.

Don Campbell, division director for Guilford County Emergency Management, said both High Point Electric Utilities and Duke Energy have been assessing damage to their lines today. Campbell expects major progress on repairs to occur on Saturday.

“I would anticipate power outages lasting in some parts of the county through the weekend,” Campbell said.

Here are the current outages, according to the Duke Energy website:

  • Alamance County - 59,008 of 70,474 customers have no electricity.
  • Davidson County - 26,037 of 33,095 customers.
  • Durham County - 4,230 of 129,884 customers.
  • Forsyth County - 15,930 of 169,069 customers.
  • Guilford County - 134,250 of 203,365 customers.
  • Randolph County - 39,664 of 50,007 customers.
  • Rockingham County - 216 of 45,468 customers.

High Point Electric Utilities reports that 32,746 of 41,349 customers have no electricity.

City crews are installing generators at 16 major intersections with inoperable traffic signals, said police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen.

Motorists are reminded that intersections without power must be treated as if they were controlled by four-way stop signs. This rule applies regardless of the size of the primary road and cross street.


Updated 4:55 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands of Piedmont Triad residents still have no electricity.

Here are the current outages, according to the Duke Energy website:

  • Alamance County - 59,892 of 70,474 customers have no electricity.
  • Davidson County - 31,300 of 33,095 customers.
  • Durham County - 5,505 of 129,884 customers.
  • Forsyth County - 20,805 of 169,069 customers.
  • Guilford County - 145,760 of 203,365 customers.
  • Randolph County - 42,262 of 50,007 customers.
  • Rockingham County - 425 of 45,468 customers.

High Point Electric Utilities reports that 32,717 of 41,349 customers have no electricity.


Posted 8:30 a.m.

According to Duke Energy's website, there are thousands without power this morning in the Triad.

As of 8:20 a.m., the power outages included:

  • Guilford County: 67,000
  • Alamance County: 38,000
  • Randolph County: 37,000
  • Davidson County: 20,000
  • Forsyth County: 14,000

"Crews are restoring power where they can," said Catherine Butler, Duke Energy spokeswoman. "We moved crews into the Guilford area from across the state when we looked at the forecast yesterday. The road conditions are causing some trouble."

Crews are assessing the damage to lines first, to determine if trees fell on power lines or what else is causing the outage, then will repair them, Butler said.

For more information about power outages, go to the Duke Energy outage website here.

​Contact Sarah Newell Williamson at (336) 373-7076, and follow @snewell on Twitter.

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