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IRENE RECOVERY: Power Restored For Most

The power continues to come on across eastern North Carolina, after a peak of around 600,000 outages after the storm hit last weekend.

The state's electric cooperatives report 3,100 outages, nearly all in a six-county coastal territory served by Tideland Electric Membership Corp.

There are just 200 homes still without power in Kinston from the storm, while Progress Energy says all of its customers are now back on.

New Bern reports Friday morning that power has been restored to all customers.

Dominion Power still had about 9,000 customers without power Friday.


Progress Energy:

Total customers out as of 10 p.m. Thursday: 290
Peak outages - 280,000 at 2 p.m. Saturday; 99% restored.

Progress says by 12 a.m. Friday they expect to have all customers whose homes and businesses are capable of receiving service restored. Some homes and businesses have sustained significant damage that must be repaired before Progress Energy can restore service.

Tideland EMC:
Here are Wednesday evening numbers of customers without power:
Washington County -- 53
Beaufort County -- 2148
Hyde County -- 131
Pamlico County -- 681
Craven County -- 127

Dominion Power:
Dominion has surpassed its interim goal of restoring electric service to 75 percent of customers today. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, service was restored to more than 920,000 of the 1.2 million customers, or 77 percent, in Virginia and North Carolina affected by Hurricane Irene.

NC Electric Cooperatives:
Cooperative crews continue to make progress in Irene’s aftermath, restoring power to more than 95 percent of members by Thursday morning. In total, the lights are back on for more than 145,000 households in co-op territories.

Co-op officials say the restoration process will likely be slow and steady as the remaining 7,000 outages are whittled away, with many crews working structure by structure to restore power to individual members.

Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation:
There are zero outages to report. Crews are now doing some light cleanup in areas.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative:
CHEC has energized lines to more than 85 percent of their members, including the village of Avon. Cooperative crews continued to work Thursday on the 115kV transmission line at the Pea Island breach. Using a barge provided by Cape Dredging, they have been able to access the new inlet and carry the heavy equipment needed for the repair. This afternoon, the crews secured two new poles to carry the transmission lines across the breach. Two additional poles are needed to complete the temporary restoration.

In the tri-village, crews have been able to run both 2 megawatt generators parallel to power all four circuits. Residents of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo should now be able to enjoy non-stop emergency electric service. CHEC continues to urge all members to conserve use of electricity until permanent transmission service is restored.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative:
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative crews were out in the field Tuesday morning to restore power to some 300 members across its service territory. In addition, power to Atlantic will be off for several hours Tuesday as lines are repaired in the marsh leading up to the eastern Carteret County community. Through the night, crews responded to outages in areas previously restored, including services along Roberts Road, in Emerald Isle, and in Broad Creek.

Crews from Rutherford EMC and Blue Ridge EMC in western North Carolina, Brunswick EMC in Shallotte, and Walton EMC in Georgia, are still here helping the co-op make repairs and get power restored to everyone.

Edgecombe-Martin County Electric Membership Corporation:
As of 6:00 a.m. Thursday, Edgecombe-Martin County EMC had 189 members remaining without power.

# of Members Out by County
Beaufort -- 1
Bertie -- 5
Edgecombe -- 133
Halifax -- 2
Martin -- 7
Pitt -- 41

Four County Electric Membership Corporation:
Four County is reporting only a few individual outages remaining.

Greenville Utilities Commission:
GUC has completed restoration of all major lines as well as tap and feeder lines. There are several customers who cannot be reconnected until they have their damaged facilities repaired.

Halifax Electric Membership Corporation:
No information has been released regarding outages due to Hurricane Irene.

Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation:
The company has restored power to all of its customers.

Kinston:
As of Tuesday night 4,000 homes & businesses were still without power. That is 33% of the city's customers. The city says 25 additional people have been brought in to help restore power.

New Bern:
90% of City of New Bern customers have their power restored.
All 14 main electric feeder lines are operational, however, many lateral lines and individual services are still down. We expect to have power fully restored by Friday.

Pitt & Greene Electric Membership Corporation:
No information has been released regarding outages due to Hurricane Irene.

Roanoke Electric Cooperative:
By the end of Thursday, REC was at the end of the entire project with less than 0.5 percent of its membership remaining without power. Co-op officials expect to clear all known active services Friday and close out this effort.

Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation:
No information has been released regarding outages due to Hurricane Irene.

Wake Electric Membership Corporation:
All power outages caused by Hurricane Irene have been restored.



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Major Progress Energy outages as of 3 p.m. Aug. 29

Total Progress Energy customers out in North Carolina - approximately 78,400

Peak customers out 280,000 - 2 p.m. Aug. 27

Counties with 4,000 or more customers out as of 3 p.m.

CountyCustomers:
Wayne8,800
Craven13,800
Nash7,600
Onslow8,800
Lenoir8,100
Beaufort4,200
Pamlico4,200

Fewer than 4,000 outages in numerous other counties in coastal and eastern N.C.


Progress Energy- 2:00PM Update
As of 2 P.M a total of 82,700 progress energy customers are without power. The following counties have outages:

Wayne8,900
Craven13,800
Carteret5,400
Nash8,800
Onslow9,600
Lenoir8,000
Franklin4,900
Beaufort4,600
Pamlico4,200

Progress Energy- 1:00PM Update
As of 1 P.M. there are a total of 84,706 customers without power. The following counties have outages:
Wayne 9,850,
Craven 13,900,
Carteret 5,950,
Nash 9,200,
Onslow 10,000,
New Hanover 2,050,
Lenoir 7,800,
Franklin 4,700,
Beaufort 4,600,
Pamlico 4,200.
There are fewer than 4,000 outages in numerous other counties in the coastal and eastern N.C.

Progress Energy - 10:00 a.m. update:

By midnight tonight, Progress Energy expects to complete restoration to 85 percent of the customers who were out of service at the peak of Hurricane Irene’s wind and rain Saturday afternoon. The company expects to have 96 percent of customers back in service by midnight Tuesday and 99 percent back in service by midnight Wednesday.

The company has restored service to more than 355,000 customers who lost power since Hurricane Irene began lashing the region with strong winds and torrential rains Friday afternoon. The highest number of outages at any one time was at 2 p.m. Saturday, with about 280,000 customers out as the storm churned on land.

By 9 a.m. today, about 94,900 customers remained without power, and an army of 1,200 line and tree workers and 1,000 support personnel - some from as far as Florida and Arkansas - is out in force, rebuilding power lines and other facilities.

Crews Sunday restored service to 17 high-voltage transmission lines, 28 electric substations and 18 points of delivery to wholesale customers, including municipally owned utilities and electric membership cooperatives in eastern North Carolina. Transmission crews expect to complete repairs to the backbone system today.

Here are the latest county outages:

Craven - 13,800
Wayne - 11,600
Nash - 10,900
Onslow - 10,000
Lenoir - 7,800
Carteret - 7.300
Beaufort - 4,600
Pamlico - 4,200



Sunday night update from Tideland EMC:
Additional line crews have arrived from South River EMC headquartered in Dunn, NC. Tideland has now effectively tripled its outside workforce to respond to Hurricane Irene. With all substations now reenergized, service restoration activities will begin to see rapid success and outage numbers should drop dramatically on Monday. Nevertheless, there will still be some who simply cannot be reached on Monday and we ask for your patience and perseverance.

GRANTSBORO OPERATIONAL DISTRICT:
Progress Energy, our power supplier south of the Pamlico River, restored transmission service to our Silver Hill substation at 1:30 pm today so we began work to energize the Arapahoe and Fairfield Harbour circuits. The main Arapahoe circuit is energized up to the ferry dock. The Fairfield Harbour circuit is energized up to Lee Landing at the Craven County line. Our Edward substation in southern Beaufort County remained energized throughout the storm and we are working on the Blounts Creek, Bonnerton and Lowland circuits. Several poles are broken on the Blounts Creek circuit which serves Cypress Landing. Substantial obstacles exist at Hickory Point where the bridge was destroyed.

PANTEGO OPERATIONAL DISTRICT:
Crews have now restored service to the Washington substation and some service has been restored near McCotter's Marina. Tree trimmers and line repair crews will begin work at daylight to start repairs along River Road. Both the Plymouth and Pantego substations are energized and crews are working on circuits leading out of those stations. Some areas of Washington County never lost power.

ENGELHARD OPERATIONAL DISTRICT:
Power is on to all of mainland Dare County. Crews arrived early to begin work on the Engelhard substation. Contractors ave replaced a transmission pole located near the foot of the Walter B. Jones Bridge in Hyde County and hope by morning to reenergize the Mattamuskeet substation.

OCRACOKE OPERATIONAL DISTRICT:
Generator authorized for use at 3:00 p.m. today after confirmation of conditions on Hwy. 12 that will delay transmission repairs.

Tideland Meters Currently Off:
Washington County 931
Beaufort County 7639
Hyde County 2588
Pamlico County 3319
Craven County 2757


Progress Energy crews have restored service to more than 330,000 customers.

"The company expects to restore service to the majority of remaining customers without power by midnight Tuesday, with 95 percent of restorations complete by midnight Wednesday," reported a news release Sunday evening.

The release stated "in the hardest-hit areas with the most severe damage, final repairs to customers able to receive power will likely continue into Thursday. This includes the areas around Zebulon, Selma, Spring Hope, New Bern, Jacksonville, Morehead City and Kinston."

More than 2,200 line, tree and support personnel are repairing damage to the electricity grid and working to restore approximately 100,000 customers still without power as of Monday.

Counties with the largest numbers of remaining outages include:
Craven County - 16,900
Carteret County - 15,800
Wayne County - 13,400
Nash County - 11,400
Onslow County - 11,000
Lenoir County - 8,300
New Hanover County - 6,500
Franklin County - 6,100

There are fewer than 5,000 outages remaining in several counties across eastern and central North Carolina. The highest number of outages at any one time was estimated at approximately 280,000 around 2 p.m. Saturday. The actual number of customers who experienced outages at one time or another during the storm was significantly higher. In fact, since noon on Friday, Aug. 26, as the first bands of Hurricane Irene reached the Carolinas, more than 451,000 customers have lost power for varying periods.


Major Progress Energy outages as of 3 p.m. Aug. 28

Total Progress Energy customers out in North Carolina - approximately 155,229

Counties with 4,000 or more customers out as of 3 p.m.

Customers by County:

Carteret
21,500

Wayne
20,000

Craven
17,600

New Hanover
9,700

Nash
12,500

Onslow
12,800

Lenoir
8,700

Johnston
6,500

Franklin
7,100

Duplin
5,800

Beaufort
4,600

Pamlico
4,200

Pender
4,000

Fewer than 4,000 outages in numerous other counties in coastal and eastern N.C.



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Latest update Total Progress Energy customers out in North Carolina - approximately 170,200 Peak customers out 280,000 - 2 p.m. Aug. 27 Counties with 5,000 or more customers out as of 10 a.m. County Customers Carteret 24,000 Wayne 20,200 Craven 18,000 New Hanover 12,800 Onslow 12,200 Nash 13,600 Lenoir 8,800 Franklin 8,100 Johnston 7,100 Duplin 6,000 Wake 5,400.

Fewer than 5,000 outages in numerous other counties in coastal and eastern N.C.



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Progress Energy has restored service to thousands of customers who lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irene, and more than 1,200 utility workers and tree crews - now four times the normal complement - are taking aim on approximately 176,000 customers still without power as of 9 a.m.

Company employees are patrolling by land, water and air to assess damage and restore service.

The highest number of outages at any one time was estimated at approximately 280,000 around 2 p.m. Saturday. The actual number of customers who experienced outages at one time or another during the storm was significantly higher. In fact, since noon on Friday, Aug. 26, as the first bands of Hurricane Irene reached the Carolinas, more than 440,000 customers have lost power for varying periods.

Due to the size and path of Hurricane Irene, Progress Energy crews were restoring service in parts of the Carolinas even as Irene was creating new damage.

Progress Energy estimates it will take several days to complete repairs, especially in the hardest-hit areas, where storm damage was most severe. The company's efforts to complete full-scale damage assessment were impeded by the lingering storm and high winds through the day and evening Saturday.

In addition to normal vehicles, the company is using tracked equipment, boats and helicopters to complete damage assessment and access equipment in flooded or remote areas. The storm left significant flooding in many areas, further complicating restoration.

As of 9 a.m. today, approximately 176,000 customers are without power. Counties with the largest numbers of remaining outages include Carteret (24,000); Wayne (20,700); Craven (18,000); New Hanover (15,000); Nash (13,400); Onslow (13,300); Lenoir (9,100); Franklin (8,600); Johnston (7,100); Wake (5,900); Duplin (5,700). There are fewer than 5,000 outages remaining in numerous counties in eastern and central North Carolina.

Progress Energy has brought in additional Progress Energy crews from the Carolinas and Florida and off-system crews and contractors from five states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Arkansas).
Following major storms, Progress Energy completes a comprehensive damage assessment, which allows the company to dispatch crews and equipment most efficiently.

Doing the thorough assessment also enables the company to provide customers with the most accurate information about damage and restoration times.

Customers who have not yet reported their power out should do so by calling 1-800-419-6356. Our automated outage-reporting system is capable of handling 120,000 calls per hour.

Progress Energy asks customers to be safe on roadways and to give a wide berth to utility crews working to restore service. It's not just a good idea; it's the law.

Report any downed power lines to Progress Energy at 1-800-419-6356. Don't go near downed power lines, and keep children and pets away, too. Always assume a power line is energized and dangerous.



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Pitt-Greene EMC reports they are working around the clock to restore power, and as of 12:30 a.m. Sunday, they were turning lights on. They have crews helping them from as far away as Tennessee. At the height of the storm, 8,200 out of its 8,600 customers were without power.

Lenoir County reported at 9:20 p.m. Saturday there are 27,000 people without power.

Greenville Utilities reported just after 8:00 p.m. Saturday there are 15,000+ people without power.

Tideland EMC reports as of 11 p.m. that there are 20,000 of their customers without power. They will be assessing damage Sunday and starting repairs. There is a serious transmission issue in the Tideland coastal, Pamlico County and south region that will take time to address. A spokeswoman said they believe progress will be measured not in hours, but in days.

Jones-Onslow Electric Membership reports as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday there are 19,000-20,000 people without power. The EMC serves 65,000 customers. At the height, about noon, about 41,000 customers were without power. Officials say it was difficult to get out earlier because the storm's winds and rains just wouldn't let up in Eastern Carolina. It wasn't until about 3 or 4 p.m. that conditions eased enough so crews could really tackle the outages. There have been no damage to substations and major transformers. The biggest issue was trees falling on power lines.


Officials say approximately 151,000 members of North Carolina's electric cooperatives are without power. Most of the outages are in the southeastern part of the state and along the barrier islands.

Progress Energy is reporting 256,000 of their customers are without power.

They say it is increasing as Irene is moving through the areas.

Carteret Co. 24,000+
Craven Co. 17,200+
Beaufort Co. 4,000+
Greene Co. 2,400+
Jones Co. 2,000+
Onslow Co. 19,300+
Lenoir Co. 11.400+
Pitt Co. 1,980+
Pamlico Co. 4,100+
Wayne Co. 24,000 +

Greenville Utilities says all customers south of the Tar River and east of Highway 11--except Bells Fork--are without power. The utility says some 45,000 of GUC's 63,000 electric customers are affected.



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The co-op's earliest outages began in Pamlico County Friday evening followed by widespread problems in mainland Hyde County.

A significant wind event near the Walter B. Jones Bridge in Hyde County damaged two of the cooperative's steel transmission poles. Those poles were built to withstand in excess of 130 mile per hour winds.

Repair efforts were ultimately called off late Friday night when work conditions posed a hazard to utility crews.

Ocracoke Island's electric service performed well through the night but conditions rapidly deteriorated this morning and power was eventually lost at 5:00 a.m. The co-op's Washington substation lost power at 6:15 a.m.

Progress Energy reports a downed transmission line that provides service to Tideland EMC south of the Pamlico River. As a result, electric service has been lost to all Tideland members in Pamlico and Craven counties and in southern Beaufort County.

Power restoration activities will take days, not hours. Tideland EMC doubled its manpower ahead of the storm and has repair crews staged at hotels in Plymouth and Washington who are ready to begin work once conditions allow.

Additional crews are on standby that would effectively triple the co-op's workforce if damages dictate such measures.



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The number of power outages continues to rise as Hurricane Irene gets closer to shore.

Progress Energy says 250,000 of its customers are without power as of 10:00 a.m.

The company says more than 1,000 workers, tree crews and support staff from five states are working on the outages.

Outages from Progress include 22,000 in Carteret, 19,000 in Onslow, 16,000 in Craven, 10,200 in Lenoir, 8,000 in Duplin and 6,600 in Nash County.

Greenville Utilities says there are widespread outages and an estimated 20,000 GUC customers are without power. Areas affected include Simpson, Blackjack, County Home Road, NC 43S, College View, 14th and Elm St., Greenville Boulevard, 14th Street, and portions of Brook Valley.

About 7:15 a.m., over 500 customers on Elm and 10th St. lost power.

The Stokestown substation is out. The substation serves the southern portion of Pitt County including Stokestown and surrounding area.

At 7:15 a.m., GUC suspended all aerial restoration activities (bucket truck/anything in close proximity to trees to high wind conditions).

Since 11 p.m., a total of approximately 5,000 customers have experienced outages (current number of customer affected - approximately 2,500).

80% of the outages have been tree related. The other 20% have been caused by wind (causing lines to slap together, etc).

Kinston says some 2,500 homes in that city are without power as of 10:00 a.m.

Progress Energy reported more than 160,000 customers without power, with more than 16,000 in Carteret counties, 13,000 in Craven and 5,900 in Onslow County. Dominion Power reported more than 24,000 customers in North Carolina without power.

Washington City Manager Josh Kay says half of the city is without power.

Greenville Utilities has suspended all power restoration efforts with bucket trucks due to high wind conditions.

Among those without power is Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. A woman who answered the phone there says the hospital is running on generators.

Progress Energy said it will have an additional 800 line workers and 250 tree cutters at its disposal once the storm blows by and it's safe to venture out.


GREENVILLE:

Greenville Utilities reports high winds resulting in tree limbs on power lines have caused the following outages:

4:30 a.m.

400 customers without power in East Fourth Street area (Reade Circle to Elm St.) due to power lines on the ground.

5 customers without power on Lakewood Drive

10 customers without power on Port Terminal Road (a tree tore down several poles)

1 customer out on Mozingo Road

2 a.m.
1,000 customers out in the Belvoir area. Power restored in less than 15 minutes.
50 customers out in Town of Simpson

2:45 a.m.
50 customers (still) out in Town of Simpson
5 customers out on Raymond Harris Road (between Hollywood and Chicod)


NEW BERN:

1,500 to 2000 people are out of power in New Bern. A feeder line in the city has failed. This line supplies portions of downtown, Old Cherry Point Road, and the Ghent neighborhood. A tree on Spencer Ave fell onto the line and caused this outage. Crews are working to restore power.


CARTERET COUNTY:

Among those without power is Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. Reports indicate the hospital is running on generators.


CARTERET-CRAVEN CUSTOMERS

If Carteret-Craven provides your power, the company says there’s usually no need to call as soon as your lights go out during a hurricane. The co-op has a state-of-the art computer system that lets us know immediately when widespread outages occur, and our restoration teams work as hard as they can to restore power safely and efficiently.

However, if lights come on around you and yours don’t, you can call Carteret-Craven Electric at 252.247.3107 to report your outage.


LENOIR COUNTY

There is a reported power outage for around 800 people in the Towerhill Road area of Kinston.

At least 1300 without power... on Nelson, West Road, Harvey Circle, Lincoln, E. Knob, E. Shine, Towerhill Road area.

PROGRESS ENERGY

Progress Energy has reported several counties in Eastern Carolina with significant power outages.

Carteret County has over 2,000 customers without power, which is the biggest loss of power so far. The bulk of those affected are in the Bogue Banks area, with others in the dark in Pine Knoll Shores and Newport.

Lenoir and Onslow Counties both report about 1,700 homes and business affected. Kinston and Jacksonville are the heaviest hit cities at this time.

About 1,300 people in Pamlico County are without power at this time, which is almost one-third of the county.


PITT COUNTY:

Pitt County Emergency Management officials say there were unconfirmed reports of outages in Farmville, but those have since been resolved.

Greenville Utilities reports outages along Highway 33 towards Belvoir, but hope to have power restored within an hour.


BEAUFORT COUNTY:

Beaufort Emergency Management says there are outages in Belhaven.


TIDELAND:

Tideland EMC crews are currently unable to respond to outages in most operational areas due to deteriorating weather conditions. Several outages have been reported south of the Pamlico River. We also have outages in mainland Hyde County in Engelhard, Swan Quarter, Fairfield and Scranton. Residents report a possible tornado near Dowry Creek in eastern Beaufort County. As of 12:30 a.m. power was still on to Ocracoke Island.

Notice: All Tideland EMC medical alert patients were phoned on Thursday and advised to seek shelter at a facility with back up power prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene. If you or a loved one rely on electric service for medical purposes please heed public service warnings and seek alternative accommodations now. Given the storm's current track, Tideland EMC anticipates widespread outages that could last one or more days.

Tideland EMC doubled its manpower ahead of the storm and has power line crews staged at hotels in Plymouth and Washington who will be ready to work once safe conditions exist. Additional crews are on standby that would effectively triple the co-op's workforce if damages dictate such measures.


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