GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Duke Energy reports Wednesday morning it has only 1,800 power outages still needing repair. That number is a significant decrease from the more than 400,000 outages reported amid Friday's ice storm.
As of 8:45 a.m., Guilford County had less than 800 reported outages--far fewer than the more than 7,000 still listed Tuesday. Alamance County had 900 outages remaining, and Randolph County had only 120 (a number that did increase slightly from 98 earlier Wednesday).
Wednesday at 11 p.m. is the deadline Duke Energy set for when the "majority" of outages in Guilford County, Alamance County and Randolph County will be restored. Duke Energy has said it is concerned Wednesday's forecasted high winds might slow the process of fixing the remaining outages by that time.
According to REMC's website, 100 percent of outages to its customers have been repaired. Energy United last reported fewer than 1,000 outages existed Monday.
Despite the progress made in fixing outages, extensive tree damage still remains in the Triad. The North Carolina Emergency Management dispatched five North Carolina forest service chain saw crews to assist with tree removal in Davidson and Alamance Counties.
Governor McCrory's State of Emergency declaration will allow North Carolina to seek federal funds. Those funds would help cover the cost of providing emergency services, clearing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
The North Carolina Public Safety secretary said local and state emergency management expect to complete initial damage assessments by the end of this week. He said the state then will know more about federal funding eligibility.