SANFORD–Crews from Central Electric Membership Corporation and Duke Energy Progress were out in force Friday morning following Thursday afternoon’s storm that downed power lines, toppled large trees and resulted in many accidents around the area. Reports from Nancy Gusts Wednesday night indicated that power was slowly being restored to customers in the district even though, at the height of the storm, more than 9000
customers were without power. Over 1700 customers were without power in Lee County, much of it due to a Duke substation that was down which caused a power outage in a four mile area near Tramway. Over 3,000 customers were out in Harnett County where a transformer was on fire in the woods near a housing development. Still, even more customers of Duke Energy Progress were without power. Over 96,000 customers are still without power Friday morning and workers have been on the job throughout the night. There are at least 66,000 customers still out in he Wake County area, and may be out for sometime.
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