The Latest: Nearly 50,000 without power in the Carolinas


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the storms that moved across the Carolinas on Wednesday (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Work is proceeding slowly to restore electricity after powerful storms moved across the Carolinas.

The major utilities and cooperatives serving North and South Carolina reported nearly 50,000 people without service late Thursday morning.

Duke Energy reported more than 46,000 customers without service. Nearly 37,000 of them are in North Carolina. The biggest problems continue to be in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

The nation’s largest utility also has more than 9,200 customers without service in South Carolina. The major problems are in Greenville and Spartanburg.

Electric cooperatives in North Carolina report 2,100 customers without service Thursday morning.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company reports only about 250 outages. Most of those are in Columbia.

South Carolina’s electric cooperatives have about 600 customers without service. Beaufort is the major remaining problem area.

Dominion Power reports just 19 customers without service in northeastern North Carolina.

7:30 a.m.

Officials in Darlington County, South Carolina, say a man died when he was hit by a tree as he was picking up debris from the storms that moved across the Carolinas on Wednesday afternoon.

Corner Todd Hardee said in a statement that 58-year-old Michael Gaines Sr. of Darlington had stopped on a road near his home to remove debris from the road when a pine tree beside the road fell on him.

Hardee said the death is being investigated by his office and the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Wayne Byrd said the victim was being a good Samaritan when he was killed.

No other deaths have been reported in the Carolinas from the strong storms.

7 a.m.

Thousands of people are without electricity after a series of strong storms swept across the Carolinas.

Duke Energy reports that nearly 47,000 customers were without service Thursday morning.

The nation’s largest utility says more than 37,000 of those without service are in North Carolina. The biggest problems are in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

The company has more than 9,500 without service in South Carolina. The biggest problems are in Greenville and Spartanburg.

South Carolina Electric & Gas reports most service has been restored after the storm. SCE&G says only about 200 customers are without service Thursday morning. The biggest problems are in Columbia.

Dominion reports only a handful of customers without service in northeastern North Carolina.

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