Crews in Southeast Race to Restore Power from Hurricane Dorian

by | Sep 6, 2019

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Crews in Southeast Race to Restore Power from Hurricane Dorian

(Photo: Dominion Energy sends crews to North Carolina and Virginia on September 5, 2019. Credit @DominionEnergy on Twitter)

After decimating the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian caused outages along the Southeast coast of the United States. Utility crews raced to restore power to thousands of customers in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

On Thursday morning approximately 240,000 customers were without power, mostly in South Carolina, according to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which represents investor-owned electric companies in the United States. That number climbed to around 390,846 customers on Friday,  the Department of Energy reported.

“Electric companies are reallocating resources strategically to ensure a safe and efficient response as Dorian progresses,” the EEI stated. “In Florida, where the storm threat has passed, mutual assistance crews have been reallocated or released.”

This morning, Hurricane Dorian was located 10 miles west-southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC, and had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, a Department of Energy situation report noted.

The DOE reported that outages as of 7:30 am EDT Friday were: 159,821 customers in South Carolina, 216,774 in North Carolina, and 11,533 in Virginia.

Two islands off the North Carolina coast lost power, the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative tweeted early Friday. Carteret County in North Carolina was also affected by the storm. Around 42,000 people there were without electricity on Friday, representing half the population, CNN reported.

Dominion Energy cautioned Friday morning that the worst from Dorian was yet to come for customers in North Carolina and Eastern Virginia.

Wake of Destruction

Earlier this week, the hurricane caused thousands of Florida Power & Light Company customers to lose electricity. On Thursday, the utility said it had restored more than 150,000 outages. Meanwhile the death toll from Dorian is steadily rising in the Bahamas, and the minister of health estimated that the final count could be “staggering.”

The New York Times reported that Norwegian energy company Equinor’s oil storage terminal on Grand Bahama was damaged by the storm and leaking, but it was too early to determine the extent. Several storage tanks appeared to have lost their lids completely.

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