North Carolina’s electric co-ops have made significant progress in power restoration, reconnecting 118,000 households since Hurricane Irene knocked out power to 152,000 members in eastern North Carolina.

About 34,000 members have yet to be reconnected, mostly due a lack of access in some the more remote service territory areas.

Cooperative crews have had to cut their way through fallen trees and debris to begin work in the hardest-hit parts of the state. In Carteret County, one traveler reported a “spider web” of fallen poles and power lines along a highway and roads blocked by piles of seaweed and marsh grass.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties, primarily in rural parts of the state.