Duke Energy Prepares for Power Outages

CHARLOTTE, NC — “We’ve secured over 1,400 additional resources for our effort,” said Duke Energy Spokesman Tim Pettit.

Duke Energy is preparing for at least a half inch of ice collecting overnight, bringing down trees and power lines. So they’re warning everyone to stock up.

“Get together your batteries, your flashlights, your medicines. Talk to your friends and family members and make alternate plans should you experience an outage, and it might go on for multiple days,” said Pettit.

Duke Energy officials say remember back to 2002 when more than a million customers were out of power after a huge storm. And be patient. They have to respond to critical buildings before getting into neighborhoods.

“Hospitals, fire department, law enforcement, water treatment facilities, critical infrastructure like that,” said Pettit.

Most importantly, Duke officials say don’t touch or get near any downed lines

“If they do see a downed power line, we want them to call Duke Energy and report it and treat all those lines as though they were still energized,” said Pettit.