Thursday, September 29, 2022

Roughly 160,000 customers without power in Cape Fear region

A family walks through a dark and flooded hallway at the Staybridge Suites in Wilmington after the power went out after Hurricane Florence made landfall. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
A family walks through a dark and flooded hallway at the Staybridge Suites in Wilmington after the power went out after Hurricane Florence made landfall in 2018. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna F. Still)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Approximately 160,000 utility customers are without power early Tuesday morning in the Cape Fear region after Hurricane Isaias made landfall in Ocean Isle Beach.

Power outages have also left many traffic intersections without working signal lights. Officials have asked drivers in the Wilmington area to stay home this morning, but those that do travel should treat intersections without working lights as four-way stops.

Because customers typically entail more than one person in a household, likely far more people are without power. Approximately 86,500 Duke Energy customers in New Hanover County are without power, representing about two-thirds of the utility’s customer base in the county, according to PowerOutage.Us.

A total of 52,700 customers in Brunswick County are without power between the county’s two electric providers, Duke Energy and Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation.

In Pender County, 21,200 are without power between Four County Electric and Duke Energy customers.

Hurricane Isaias made landfall around 11:10 p.m. Monday night as a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.


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