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NC power outages drop from 231,000 to 76,500 as Hurricane Dorian heads out to sea

Supplies sailing toward Ocracoke on NC Ferries

Generators, communications equipment, medical workers, food, water and more are traveling from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke by ferry throughout the day on Saturday to help the island begin its post-Dorian recovery process.
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Generators, communications equipment, medical workers, food, water and more are traveling from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke by ferry throughout the day on Saturday to help the island begin its post-Dorian recovery process.

The number of power outages in North Carolina began to drop Friday afternoon as Hurricane Dorian moved away from the coast, but thousands were still without electricity.

As of 11:30 p.m. Friday, about 74,700 were without power, mostly in Eastern North Carolina, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

The number of reported outages had jumped to 231,000 by mid-morning, shortly after Dorian made landfall as a Category 1 storm on Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks.

The statewide outages reported by North Carolina officials include customers of Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, electrical co-ops and more.

Duke Energy said Friday it had restored power to more than 100,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke is sending about 450 workers from across the Carolinas, including Charlotte, to respond to the aftereffects of Dorian. The crews will stage in Florence, S.C. and deploy from there as needed.

Dare County in North Carolina’s Outer Banks had the highest number of outages, with more than 21,000 by 9:45 p.m. Friday, according to state officials.

Brunswick County, which saw heavy tornado damage Thursday, had less than 20 outages by 11:30 p.m., down from 4,500 outages earlier Friday evening and 28,000 in the morning. Neighboring New Hanover County had about 125 without power, down from an earlier 22,000.

Outages in Onslow County doubled to 11,000 during the morning but dropped about 8,600 by 12:30 p.m..

A weather station at Ocracoke on the Outer Banks reported sustained winds of 69 mph at 7 a.m. Friday, and a gust of 89 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Such gusts were blamed for toppling trees into powerlines, experts said.

Hurricane Dorian hit the Outer Banks Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 and brought life-threatening storm surges.

The bulk of the outages were in the eastern corner of the state, and along the South Carolina border where an estimated 5,000 people were in shelters overnight, according to the state. It wasn’t clear Friday if shelters were among the sites that lost power.

Hurricane Dorian’s wind and rain continued to be felt in North Carolina Friday, as the eye moved over Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks.

Customers can report Duke Energy power outages during the storm here.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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