The number of power outages in North Carolina continues to rise as Hurricane Irene gets closer to shore.
More than 91,000 customers of two major utilities were without power early Saturday.
Progress Energy reported more than 67,000 customers without power, with more than 14,000 each in New Hanover and Carteret counties. Virginia-based Dominion Power reported more than 24,000 customers in North Carolina without power.
Among those without power is Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. A woman who answered the phone there says the hospital is running on generators.
Progress Energy said it will have an additional 800 line workers and 250 tree cutters at its disposal once the storm blows by and it's safe to venture out.
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