Duke Energy announced Thursday that the company is adding 1,400 storm responders to the area in anticipation of the upcoming storm.
The company says the workers are mainly from Duke’s Florida operations and from other utilities in Florida.
Duke already has 3,200 line workers in North and South Carolina.
Duke Energy expects widespread outages and is urging customers to check their flashlights, batteries, and other supplies.
To report a power outage, call your energy provider:
Duke Energy: 1-800-POWER-ON
Laurens Electric: 1-866-9-RESTORE
Blue Ridge Electric: 1-888-BLUE-RIDGE
Broad River Electric: 864-489-5738
French Broad Electric:
Madison Co.: 828-649-2051
Mitchell Co.: 828-688-4815
Yancey Co.: 828-682-6121