Updated 12:59 p.m.

A peak of 9,400 JOEMC customers lost power last night due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian, according to VP of Energy Services Steve Goodson. That number as of noon today is down to 3,300 people without power. JOEMC customers are spread across several counties and not limited to Onslow alone, Goodson said. Crews will be working around the clock to get power restored to everyone as soon as possible.

"We’re going to work as long and as hard as we can," Goodson said. "I’d love to say it’ll be today."

As of midday Friday there were 7,000 Duke Energy customers without power in Jacksonville, 2,000 without power in Kinston, and 12,000 without power in New Bern, according to their website. Estimated time of restoration is still be updated by the company as they conduct their own damage assessments.

Goodson said progress on getting power back for JOEMC customers should continue at a steady rate, but cautioned some individual homeowners may have to wait longer due to special circumstances of downed power lines or poles.

"We'll keep plugging away," he said.

 

Updated 12:08 p.m.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) boosted their Hurricane Dorian storm restoration force to more than 120 with the arrival of crews from cooperatives and contractors in the state, according to a press release from the company.

Joining the teams that have been in the field since this morning are crews Rutherford EMC, Wake EMC, Energy United and Blue Ridge Energy, as well as Volt Power, according to the release.

CCEC had more than 26,300 power outages during the hurricane, with the highest number along the coast, according to the release. More 88,000 CCEC members were without power at 11 a.m. Friday.

 

Updated 6:46 a.m.

More than 23,500 Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative customers are without power, but the company wrote in a press release that their storm crews, along with additional crews from Rutherford EMC and contract crews, are poised to roll out and begin repairing damages.

“Once it is safe for the crews to begin repairing the system, they follow a plan designed to restore power to the greatest number of members in the shortest time possible,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia.

 

Original story

As Hurricane Dorian continues making its way north, thousands are without power in Eastern North Carolina.

JOEMC is is reporting just over 4,200 customers without power scattered throughout their coverage area.

"As Dorian continues to move away and as soon as it is safe, crews will begin power restoration efforts," according to a Facebook post from the company.

The outage map for Duke Energy Progress is showing 5,546 customers have lost power in Onslow County while 1,551 customers in Jones County, 4,522 in Duplin County, and 14,998 in Carteret County are without power