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Power may not be restored until Sunday after NC storms

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A transformer bushing insulator lays along Glen Laurel Drive in Raleigh. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN) A transformer bushing insulator lays along Glen Laurel Drive in Raleigh. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN)
Utility crews work to clear a tree limb from a power line on Glen Laurel Drive in Raleigh. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN) Utility crews work to clear a tree limb from a power line on Glen Laurel Drive in Raleigh. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Yesterday's storm created massive problems for electric utility crews who have been scrambling since last night to restore power to thousands of folks.

But power companies are saying that some customers won't see electricity flowing into their homes until Sunday.

According to Duke Energy officials, there are still thousands without power across the Triangle. More than 90,000 customers were without service in central North Carolina.

Most of the outages were in Wake and Johnston counties.

"We have two children most definitely ready for the power to come back on," said Bill Harrill as he waited for crews to do their work outside his Raleigh home.

Outside playtime kept Harrill's youngsters occupied Friday, but it was a bit tougher when the power went out Thursday night.

"We had to do a really hard sales job and tell them it was camping," Harrill said. "After we told them that and we got the flashlights out, it was a relatively good time.

"I just don't know how well camping will work on a second night."

Utility crews are stretched to the limit by the sheer number of downed power lines. Duke Energy has requested additional utility crews from the Midwest and South Carolina to help restore service to its 138,000 customers still without power Friday afternoon.

They were among more than 243,000 customers of all utilities without power.

"We're bringing in crews from across our service territory and across the country," said Amy Strucker, spokeswoman for Duke Energy Progress.

Dot Taylor and her husband, who also live in Raleigh, are making due, hoping power will be restored soon.

"It's all right for the morning, but as the day goes on it is inconvenient," Taylor said.

Duke said at one time Thursday, about 350,000 customers lost service in North Carolina.

Dominion Electric reported about 2,500 customers without service early Friday in the northeastern corner of the state.

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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