Crews continue to work to restore power in areas affected by Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina, particularly in hard-hit coastal and inland counties.
Duke Energy reports they have restored power to 1.6 million customers out of nearly 1.7 million total outages during the storm. Many of the remaining impacted customers are located in coastal and inland areas that experienced historic flooding, multiple road closures and significant structural damage.
Duke officials say they expect most will have power back by Wednesday, September 26th, with the vast majority restored sooner. The only customers that won't have power by that time, according to Duke Energy, will be those that were impacted by flooding or have other damage that might require repairs by a licensed electrician and/or inspection by local officials before electric service can be restored.
Duke Energy reports they have 40 staging areas and base camps which are serving as critical resource centers from which crews and repair equipment are being deployed to the hardest-hit areas. Company officials say the sites act like "mini-cities" where crews eat, sleep, refuel trucks and stock up on supplies needed to work to restore power.