FOX19's Regina Russo
If you were following the number of power outages today around 1pm it was about 15,000 that number doubled in two hours. But Duke Energy crews never broke a sweat, keeping up with the outages and getting power restored before dinner. Sally Thelen Communications Manager for Duke Energy remembers Storm Ike that blew through here in September of 2008, "I recall very well, 800,000 outages not as much but never good when anyone's power is out."
The bulk of the problems, a fragile combination of trees and power lines. "We're having trees on power lines, rain yesterday saturated the ground trees tumbling over and nuisance this afternoon." Duke Energy crews warn customers who may experience a power outage tonight, safety first. Let crews clean up debris, and never,ever go near power lines.
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