September 18, 2018 / 8:15 AM / 6 months ago

FACTBOX-Over 347,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    Sept 18 (Reuters) - More than 347,000 U.S. homes and
businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still
without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Florence hit the North
Carolina coast on Friday, power companies said. 
    That was down from a peak of 1.9 million customers during the
    In the Carolinas, rescue teams were trying to reach hundreds of
people and racing against rising rivers and floods that could last
for days after Florence dumped record rain and killed at least 32
    Florence is now an elongated low pressure area that is
producing heavy rain over portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New
England states, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on
    Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area with
over 4 million customers, said it has restored more than 1.2
million of its roughly 1.5 million customers affected by the storm.
    The company on Monday said it expects to restore power to most
North Carolina and South Carolina customers by Sept. 26.
  The following lists major outages according to the utilities'
 Power Company                 State       Out Now        Served 
 Duke - Carolinas              NC, SC         221,600     4,040,000
 North Carolina co-ops           NC           113,000     1,000,000
 AEP - Appalachian Power     WV, VA, TN         4,000     1,033,600
 Dominion                      NC, VA           4,000     2,609,300
 Exelon - BGE                    MD             2,100     1,282,300
 FirstEnergy - Ohio              OH             1,400     2,093,500
 FirstEnergy - New Jersey        NJ             1,100     1,116,800
                               Total          347,200        
 (Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru and Scott DiSavino in
New York; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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