This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Power outages have hit the Charlotte area as Tropical Storm Florence makes its way across the Carolinas. Hundreds of thousands of customers had already lost power east of Charlotte.
Duke Energy reported about 6,200 customers were without power in the Charlotte area by 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
At least 780,000 customers were without power by Saturday afternoon, including N.C. Electric Cooperatives customers, and customers across Duke’s territory in North and South Carolina.
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More outages are expected.
Duke had estimated earlier in the week that between 1 million and 3 million of its 4 million residential and business customers could lose power. A Duke spokesperson reiterated that statement Saturday in a press conference with Charlotte city officials. Some of those outages could last weeks, depending on how long it takes for linemen to safely make repairs, the utility said.
Duke said it has 20,000 workers, including workers from utilities in other states and Canada, ready to restore power when it is safe to do so.
Duke’s power outage map can be viewed at www.duke-energy.com/outages/current-outages.
If residents see a power line problem, Duke Energy Carolinas customers should call 800-769-3766 and Duke Energy Progress customers should call 800-419-6356.
The N.C. Electric Cooperatives outage map can be viewed at https://outages.ncelectriccooperatives.com/outages/maps.