Duke Energy Predicts Outages for up to 75 percent of Carolina Customers

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke Energy announced Wednesday up they are preparing for anywhere between 1 and 3 million customers to experience power outages during Hurricane Florence, with some people possibly left in the dark for weeks. Duke Energy serves around 4 million people in North and South Carolina.

On a conference call with media, David Fountain, the Duke Energy North Carolina President, said they were using predictive modeling in historical data to make their estimates. Greensboro will likely sustain a lot of outages based on their current information, he said.

When asked about Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, he said if the site is going to be hit with hurricane force winds, operators will shut it down at least two hours prior to the expected impact, and operators will stay on site through the storm. Fountain said they are trained every five weeks on weather issues and how to shut down the unit.

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