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Thousands of Duke Energy workers restoring power caused by winter storm

More than 190,000 electricity customers were without power the day after a winter storm hit the Carolinas.

Duke Energy sent more than 3,400 workers in the field Thursday to restore power and the utility says many more workers are on the way. Nearly 1,000 extra workers from Duke Energy’s Midwest and Florida operations are headed to the Carolinas.

Approximately 92,000 in North Carolina and 98,000 in South Carolina are without power. Duke Energy said New Hanover, Onslow, Columbus and Wake counties in N.C.; and Florence, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Williamsburg and Sumter counties in S.C are among the hardest areas hit.

Overall, customer outages have totaled more than 500,000.

Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress serve a wide geographic area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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