• These factors caused outages in the first six months of this year for Progress Energy, one of the state's two major electric utilities:

    77.3 percent Downed trees or limbs, storm damage of equipment, animals on distribution lines.

    4.9 percent Vehicle accidents

    17.8 percent Miscellaneous causes, including animals damaging substations, utility-scheduled work and underground lines damaged by digging.

    Source: Progress Energy

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