Over 1300 in south Charlotte without power, Duke Energy says

Over 1300 in south Charlotte without power, Duke Energy says

Over 1300 in south Charlotte without power, Duke Energy says

Collier County now is the most impacted, with 86 percent, or 212,000 customers, still without power going into Tuesday night.

Duke Energy, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Laurens Electric crews are working to restore power around the Upstate where thousands of people are still in the dark after high winds on Monday. Typically, power companies close to an event respond.

Duke provides power to about 1 million of them, and reported by mid-day Tuesday it had restored power to about 375,000 more in its service area. After the hurricane has passed and conditions are safe for travel, workers will be deployed immediately to make repairs and restore electric service as safely and quickly as possible. "We are not stopping until the job is complete".

Almost 100 percent of Duke's 54,209 customers in Highlands County and all but 10 of the company's 2,671 customers in Hardee County were offline on Tuesday afternoon.

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"Our crews are making great progress all around our territory", said Harry Sideris, Duke Energy Florida president.

A deadline of September 22 has been set for restoring power to customers in the company's western counties, which include all or parts of Manatee, Hardee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee, Hendry, Collier and Monroe. Overall, FPL reported that 2.66 million, or 54 percent, of its almost 5 million home and business customers remained without power. In Hillsborough, 191,000 customers remained without power at 6 p.m., down from 227,000 at noon. Another 45,000 customers got power restored in Lee County, which is down to 311,000 without power, still 71 percent of the county.

If your home or business is flooded, Duke Energy can not reconnect power until the electrical system has been inspected by a licensed electrician.

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