September 14, 2018 / 12:35 PM / in 7 months

FACTBOX-Over 895,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

    Sept 14 (Reuters) - U.S. power companies said over 895,000
homes and businesses located mostly in North Carolina and South
Carolina were without power on Friday after Florence hit the
Southeast coast.
    Florence crashed into the Carolina coast on Friday, felling
trees, dumping nearly three feet (0.91 m) of rain on some spots
and leading to the deaths of at least four people before it was
downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

    At 1700 EDT (2100 GMT), Tropical Storm Florence was about 25
miles (45 km) northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with
maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the
U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
    Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area
with over 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause
between 1 million and 3 million outages. Restoring power to all
customers could take weeks, it said.
    Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start
fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including over
8,000 from Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest,
1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.
    The following table lists major outages according to the
utilities' websites:
 Power Company                 State      Out Now      Served 
 Duke - Carolinas              NC, SC     509,800      4,040,000
 North Carolina co-ops           NC       288,700      1,000,000
 Santee Cooper                   SC        43,100        176,700
 South Carolina co-ops           SC        41,200        750,000
 Dominion                      NC, VA       8,100      2,596,400
 Southern - Georgia Power        GA           400      2,441,300
 Scana - SCE&G                   SC         3,200        724,300
 AEP - Appalachian Power     WV, VA, TN     1,200      1,033,600
                      TOTAL               895,700               
 (Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru, editing by G Crosse)
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