Hurricane Florence still forecast to be storm of historic proportions.
Although Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1, it remains a massive and dangerous storm.
Hurricane Florence still poses a significant threat to our area.
The National Weather Service has reclassified Florence as a Category 2 storm, but please don’t let your guard down! It is important to remember that category refers only to wind speed. The potential for devastating storm surge and flooding has not changed.
The weather service continues to forecast that the storm will stall over our area, potentially bringing days of torrential rains and flooding.
These high winds and flooded conditions will make the restoration process more difficult and lengthy. We have more than 20,000 workers in place – but they cannot begin restoring power until conditions are safe. This is no ordinary storm, and unfortunately some customers could be without power for a long time.
We will continue to provide you with frequent updates and information throughout the duration of the storm until every customer is restored.
For your safety, please stay alert to changing conditions and heed all warnings from local and state officials.
High-water and flooding safety reminders
■ Learn about your county’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes and locations of emergency shelters. Visit ready.gov for more information.
■ Turn off your power at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box if rising water threatens your home or if you evacuate your home.
■ Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. DO NOT drive over or stand near downed power lines. Electric current passes easily through water.
■ People who live along lakes and rivers, and in other low-lying areas should pay close attention to local emergency management officials, national weather service and media for changing weather conditions and rising lake and river levels.
■ If you have electrical service to facilities (piers, outside lighting on seawalls, etc.) on or near the water, have a qualified electrical contractor de-energize this service to avoid injuries and equipment damage.
■ For updated lake level information, go to duke-energy.com/community/lakes or call Duke Energy’s Lake Neighbor Information line at 800.829.LAKE (5253).
Safety around hydro stations and dams
■ Watch for rising water levels.
■ Know where high ground is and move there quickly if you see or hear rapidly rising water.
■ Heed warning signs posted near threatening areas, and avoid boating and swimming in these areas.
■ Watch for strong currents, wear life jackets and stay alert to changing weather conditions.
■ Stay alert for partially submerged objects. High water can sweep heavy debris into the lakes.
If you experience an outage, please report it via our website, text OUT to 57801 or call 800.POWERON (800.769.3766).