NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Though Irene did not cause any significant damage in our area, power outages have been a big issue in New Hanover County and across eastern North Carolina.
Sylvia Williams has been without electricity for three days. She says her power went out before the brunt of Irene even came through our area. tree behind her property fell onto a power line in the Kings Grant neighborhood.
“The storm wasn’t even here yet,” said Williams. “That was just the little bit of wind that we started off with.”
Progress Energy said Saturday afternoon 280,000 customers in North Carolina had no electricity. As of 7 a.m. Monday, that number was down to 98,000, including 10,500 in Onslow and 3,600 in Duplin. New Hanover County had fewer than 3,000 homes and business still in the dark. That’s down from about 7,000 12 hours earlier.
Crews assessed damage and made repairs to power lines throughout the day. Officials with Progress Energy say they will have a better idea of predicted restoration times by Monday. Progress Energy hopes to get up to 95 percent of its customers across the state back on line by midnight Wednesday.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have restored power to 89,000 households. That’s down from a peak of 152,000 outages Saturday.
Williams says though it has been hard without electricity, she is grateful to be surrounded by family and friends.
“My family is safe and we’re together and we get to eat our dinners together because we’re cooking in a little stove that god has provided for us, so yes I’m thankful,” said Williams.
Progress Energy officials stress that everyone should steer clear of any downed power lines and that also means keeping pets inside and out of harms way.
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