| 2016-10-10 12:59:29|
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Duke Energy restores almost 625,000 outages in NC, SC in past 48 hours
Duke Energy said that roughly 1.2M customers were affected by Hurricane Matthew. In the past 48 hours, Duke Energy has restored about 825,000 outages. There are around 430,000 outages remaining, with 308,000 in North Carolina and 122,000 in South Carolina. With almost 7,000 crews making repairs, the company has called for additional assistance and that number could come close to doubling in the next day or so. Help has come from as far away as Canada. "I understand what folks are feeling," said Bobby Simpson, who is overseeing Duke Energy's restoration efforts. "Normally our crews are battling the elements as they're trying to replace poles and transformers and restring circuits. Today the sun was shining as they climbed into their trucks. But they only had to drive a mile or two down the road to be back in the middle of an environmental war zone."