Updated, noon Wednesday:
Duke Energy said it plans to have power restored to customers in the Upstate and western North Carolina by 11 p.m. Friday. However, company spokesman Ryan Mosier said 95% of those customers should have power restored sooner. About 33,000 customers were still without power in Duke’s territory from Anderson to Spartanburg counties as of Wednesday morning. Duke customers around Charlotte should have their power restored by 11 p.m. Thursday, but Mosier said 95% of those customers will be restored sooner.
Updated, 10 a.m. Wednesday:
Laurens Electric Cooperative has restored power to all customers this morning. Duke Energy was still restoring electricity to 33,235 customers across South Carolina. And Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative reported 699 customers without electricity.
Original reporting follows:
Crews with Laurens Electric Cooperative, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Duke Energy continued work to restore power to several areas of the Upstate.
On Tuesday morning, nearly 170,000 residents remained without power due to high winds and rain generated from Hurricane Irma. By 1 p.m. only 460 residents in the Laurens Electric Cooperative territory were without power and several thousand were still out of power in the Duke Energy territory.
Laurens Electric said its crews worked overnight Monday into Tuesday to attempt to restore as much electricity as it could. Additionally, crews from North Carolina continue to assist in the restoration efforts. As of Tuesday afternoon, most of the outages within Laurens Electric Cooperative’s service area were in Laurens County.
“Outages this morning range from groups of 50 to 80 caused by broken power poles and trees on three-phase power lines, to scattered, individual outages, the majority of which are caused by fallen trees and branches,” the cooperative said, in a statement.
In Duke Energy’s service area in the Upstate, outages remained from the South Carolina-Georgia state line to Spartanburg with outages spread out over a wide area.
“It can be a lengthy process depending on the amount of damage we find to any neighborhood or house or home or business,” Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier told WSPA-TV about the restoration efforts Tuesday morning. “This is going to be a multi-day event for some folks, but we’re going to see those numbers come down pretty dramatically throughout the course of the day today.”
Nearly 9,000 Duke Energy crew members and additional personal have been working to restore power to the nearly 1.2 million in Florida without power.
More than 18,000 customers in the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative service area were without power as of 1 p.m. Tuesday. At the peak, more than 22,000 in the territory were without power.
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative reported outages all over Pickens and Oconee counties as well as some in Anderson and Greenville counties.