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Duke Progress Warns of More Blackouts

Duke Progress Energy is asking customers to turn off unnecessary appliances and devices for the next 24 to 48 hours.

The latest warning from the state's largest power supplier this evening (Saturday), after intermittent blackouts were implemented across much of north Carolina.

The utility reported that it underestimated the extra demand caused by the combination of frigid weather and a holiday weekend. Repairs were nearly completed to damage caused by high winds Friday and early Saturday.

The first rolling blackouts occurred Saturday morning, Progress said in a press release. More than 40,000 service interruptions statewide were caused by the storm. The shortage of available electric production led to more than 400,000 residents and businesses being left in the dark Saturday.

Additional blackouts are possible Sunday and Monday, Progress said, if demand does not lessen.

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