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Crews working to restore power across the Carolinas

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Energy crews have been working around the clock to restore power as quickly as possible, but for some people, it has been a long wait and they are growing impatient.  (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Energy crews have been working around the clock to restore power as quickly as possible, but for some people, it has been a long wait and they are growing impatient.

Representatives with Duke Energy say the delay in getting power back to many has to do with the high number of incidents - something you can see if you look at the Duke Power outage map.

Duke crews and contract crews are working to restore power starting with incidents that have the biggest impact - critical infrastructure including schools, hospitals, emergency services.

After that, the focus shifts to neighborhoods with the highest number of customers affected.

Danielle Peoples, Duke spokesperson, told News 13, "So yesterday you saw a significant number of folks get their power back, and so today we'll be working on some of those smaller projects, getting everybody else back online and the goal is by Friday night we expect to have everybody's power restored in the Western Carolinas."

Across the mountains, there are thousands of people without power but many of those only affect a small number of people, so it could take several more days for crews to get to those smaller incidents.

Duke has close to 4700 personnel in the area working to restore power. They expect 95-percent of outages in the mountains to be restored before that Friday night goal.

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