Hurricane Florence may have been downgraded to a tropical depression, but it still left an impact on the Carolinas with historic flooding and significant damage. Since the storm began, the impacted power companies have restored power to 1.9 million customers.
Linemen are working around the clock to restore power to the impacted customers in the Carolinas. For example, Duke Energy expects to restore power to 90 percent of its coastal customers only about a week after the storm hit, according to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). As of Sept. 20, about 89,000 North Carolina customers were without power, and some of these homeowners may not be able to receive electricity due to significant damage to their homes.
Even after linemen have restored power to the affected neighborhoods, a licensed electrician or city inspector may need to check a system before power can be restored, according to EEI. Even so, EEI stated that companies will not stop their storm restoration efforts until the last customer who can receive power is restored. Here are some photos from the Facebook page of Duke Energy, which was one of the most impacted utilities during the storm.