Crews Tackling 63,000 Outages Remaining from Tropical Storm Michael

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2018, 6 a.m.) – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are continuing to work to restore power following Tropical Storm Michael. Outages for cooperative consumer-members now stand at 63,000, down from a peak of 117,000 on Thursday evening.

Fallen trees brought down lines and caused damage in many areas of North Carolina as the storm crossed the state. Crews began working yesterday as soon as conditions allowed, and progress continued overnight. Additional support crews are joining local crews to bring power back on as quickly as possible for all cooperative members. The counties with the highest number of cooperative power outages are Orange, Davidson, Randolph and Person.

Randolph EMC crews work in Montgomery County to restore power in heavily wooded areas.

Real-time power outage totals and locations can be viewed on our Statewide Outage Map, and cooperative members should report outages to their local co-op.

Cooperatives urge North Carolinians to put safety first and never go near or drive over fallen or damaged power lines. Always assume these lines are energized and dangerous, and alert your utility provider immediately. Don’t try to remove debris from power lines, and be careful in areas where power lines could be hidden or submerged.

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North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. For more information, visit