High winds are expected across North Carolina
High winds are expected across North Carolina beginning tonight through early Friday evening. Wind gusts exceeding 35 mph could occur across the state while the western and northernmost areas may experience gusts up to 60 mph. With saturated grounds, we do anticipate downed trees, which could also bring down power lines, resulting in power outages.
Line technicians, service crews and other personnel are available throughout the state and are ready to respond anytime outages and emergencies occur. Crews are able to work in any type of weather; however, work in elevated positions (like work performed from bucket trucks), during windy conditions require additional safety precautions and will be performed when it is safe to make repairs.
Customers who experience power outages should call Duke Energy’s automated outage-reporting systems for their respective utility:
Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356
Customers may also report an outage or view current outages online at www.duke-energy.com/outages or text OUT to 57801.
- Stay away from downed or sagging power lines, and do not touch anything that is on or near a power line (i.e., trees or tree limbs, cars, ladders).
- Downed trees and debris can conceal hazards, including power lines, so use caution as you walk or drive through your community.
- If you are driving and encounter emergency responders or other roadside work crews, remember to MOVE OVER, it’s the law in North Carolina, but a good practice for all drivers.
- Keep children and family pets away from areas where lines may have fallen (backyards, fields, school yards, etc.).
- If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
- Report all power line hazards to Duke Energy
- Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should closely monitor weather forecasts and make plans for potential alternate arrangements should an extended outage occur.