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N.C. Public Power Outages from Hurricane Irene

9/2/2011 10:00:00 AM

Approximately 500 customers of NC Public Power communities are without power now due to Hurricane Irene. 

Public power communities throughout North Carolina work together to restore power as quickly as possible using the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP has dispatched crews to help from High Point, Gastonia, Kings Mountain, Lexington, Morganton, Dallas, Monroe, Fayetteville PWC, Concord, Albemarle, Statesville, Huntersville, Apex, Wake Forest, Louisburg, Shelby, Newton and Lumberton. Out-of-state public power crews also providing assistance are: Huntsville, Al.; Union, SC; Laurens, SC; Rock Hill, SC; Gaffney, SC, and several communities from Georgia.

People who live in public power communities are advised to report power outages directly to the city utility or city hall. Reporting numbers can be found at

Safety Tips
• Check for electrical damage inside your home, such as frayed wires, sparks or the smell of burning insulation. If you find damage to your meter box or weather head, don't turn your power on until an electrician inspects your system and makes necessary repairs.
• Do not connect a generator directly to your home's electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers. Follow manufacturer's directions regarding connecting appliances directly to your generator. Use a generator only in a well-ventilated area.

In Eastern and Central North Carolina, public power communities are:
Apex, Ayden, Belhaven, Benson, Clayton, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Enfield, Farmville, Fayetteville, Fremont, Greenville, Hamilton, Hertford, Hobgood, Hookerton, Kinston, La Grange, Laurinburg, Louisburg, Lucama, Lumberton, New Bern, Pikeville, Red Springs, Robersonville, Rocky Mount, Scotland Neck, Selma, Smithfield, Southport, Stantonsburg, Tarboro, Wake Forest, Washington, Wilson and Windsor.

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