Progress Energy crews have restored service to more than 180,000 customers who lost power in the winter storm that dumped up to 8 inches of snow across the Carolinas, and as of 5 p.m. yesterday, an army of more than 500 line and tree workers and support teams were taking aim on about 39,000 households and businesses still without electricity.
Progress Energy crews expected to restore service to more than 90 percent of customers by last night, with some repairs in the hardest-hit areas extending into today. Those hard-hit regions include Zebulon, Maxton, Elizabethtown, Henderson and Goldsboro.
In the Triangle, Progress Energy expected to restore service to 95 percent or more by midnight last night (other than the Zebulon area).
Most of the storm's direct effects have ceased, although winds could blow snow-laden trees and limbs into power lines, creating new outages. Driving conditions have been difficult through the storm, and as roads refreeze overnight, vehicle travel and restoration will be slowed.