By Stephen Nakrosis
Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) on Wednesday said Hurricane Dorian could be responsible for more than 700,000 power outages in the eastern regions of the Carolinas.
Duke warned outages are likely to occur Thursday and Friday, with some possibly lasting several days. Areas most at risk include North Carolina's Triangle area, the Pee Dee region in South Carolina and the coastal areas of both states.
Some of the outages could last for several days, the company said.
Duke said more than 4,000 repair workers would be coming to the area from across the U.S. and Canada to augment the 5,000 lineworkers and tree personnel already based in the Carolinas.
"Hurricane Dorian is a historic storm headed straight up the Carolina coastline," said Duke Energy meteorology director Nick Keener. "This slow-moving, powerful storm will bring hurricane- and tropical-storm-force winds, and rain, over a large area of our coastal, Pee Dee and Triangle regions."
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