Over 600,000 without power in NC as Florence makes landfall

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Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WAVY) – The number of power outages have steadily increased across parts of North Carolina as Hurricane Florence continued to slam through the state on Friday. 

According to a Facebook post from North Carolina Emergency Management around 4 p.m., an estimated  639,729 were without power.

The counties in the state with the most power outages include Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Johnston, Harnett, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, Wake and Wayne.

Electric utilities and cooperatives reported over 230,000 outages statewide as of Friday afternoon, with nearly all of them at the coast.

Duke Energy’s outage map, the largest of the utilities in North Carolina, showed nearly 400,000 customers without power on Friday afternoon, most of which were in Wake County. 

The company predicts Carolinas power outages caused by Florence will range from 1 million to 3 million customers. It’s got more than 20,000 workers from the Carolinas and other states in place to help restore power.

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Meanwhile, Dominion Energy said they have over 5,700 crew members ready to restore power outages for customers in Virginia and North Carolina. 

The company said since 6 p.m. on Thursday, about 5,700 customers and 14 critical services — such as fire stations and water treatment facilities — had lost power in North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. As of 6:30 a.m. on Friday, they had restored power to 1,800 of those customers and 11 critical service facilities.

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