EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA - Crews have quickly restored power in most places in North Carolina after Hurricane Arthur left the state's coast.
As the storm moved away from the Outer Banks early Friday, state officials said about 41,000 customers were without power. But by the afternoon, Duke Energy and North Carolina's electric cooperatives said less than 9,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.
Duke Energy expects to restore power to all its customers except hardest hit Morehead City by the end of Friday. Tideland EMC said on its Facebook page that it likely will be Sunday before power is fully restored on Ocracoke Island.
As utility crews work to restore power, some may be in the dark for the majority of the July 4th holiday.
As of 12 p.m. today, approximately 6,000 Duke Energy customers were without electricity. A total of 83,400 customers lost power at some point during the storm. More than 800 Duke Energy line technicians and other specialists are working to restore power to customers who lost power.
Power restoration for Ocracoke Island is projected for Sunday night. Tideland EMC hopes to begin powering 1/3 of Ocracoke via generator power around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. A rotation schedule will be coming out shortly.
Crews are hopeful that most power will be restored by mid-afternoon in Eastern Carolina; Ocracoke Island, however, still remains without power.
According to the Duke Energy Outage map, about 9,018 customers are without power in the Carteret County as of 10:30 a.m.; 436 customers are without power in Craven County, and 375 customers are without power in Pamlico County. Power restoration times range from noon Friday to 5:00 p.m. Friday.
As for Tideland EMC, and official with the company said they have few outages remaining as well, and hope to have all power restored by mid-afternoon.