Received this e-mail from Duke Energy.
High winds and heavy rains could bring significant damage and outages. Here’s how we’re preparing.
Severe weather is forecast for the Carolinas later this weekend and into Monday, including high winds, heavy rains and an increased risk of tornadoes. These conditions could also bring significant damage to trees, power lines and other electrical equipment.
We recognize that this is already an extremely challenging time in our community. And the possibility of storm damage or power outages on top of everything else is hard to hear. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to prepare for this approaching weather and to restore any resulting outages as quickly as possible.
We also encourage you to take whatever steps you can to prepare for the incoming weather conditions. See our website for helpful tips and information. You can also help protect your perishable foods with this helpful guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you do lose power, you can report your outage online or by texting OUT to 57801. While you’re on our website, you can also check our maps for any available updates. You can also sign up for outage restoration alertsand learn more about our power restoration process.
Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized as well as trees, limbs or anything in contact with lines.
If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
Charge cellphones, computers and other electronic devices in advance of the storm to stay connected to important safety and response information. Consider purchasing portable chargers and make sure they are fully charged as well.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we all work together to get through this latest challenge. We hope no one’s power is affected by these storms – but if yours is, we’ll be hard at work, doing everything possible to repair the damage and get you back up and running as quickly as possible.