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Thousands without power in Triangle as Hurricane Dorian approaches NC coast

Thousands of people in the Triangle have lost power as rain and wind from Hurricane Dorian started to affect central North Carolina.

Extended power outages are expected because of Hurricane Dorian, according to Duke Energy.

More than 2,445 people in Wake County were without power at 2 a.m. Friday. In Johnston County, almost 5,000 customers were without power.

In Wake County, the number of outages more than doubled as the evening wore on. Duke Energy estimated the time of power restoration as “awaiting storm impacts.”

Late on Thursday evening, nearly 300 Duke Energy customers in Raleigh were without power. The areas included Laurel Hills and Hemsbury, Western Boulevard near N.C. State University, and Fuller Heights. The cause of the outages was not immediately available.

Other outages were scattered across the eastern and southern parts of the county, particularly in Lizard Lick and Knightdale.

The most widespread power outages appeared to be in the Johnston County, both in the town of Four Oaks and in the northwest corner of the region along I-40.

In Orange County, outages were concentrated west of the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus. The outages were caused by fallen trees or limbs damaging equipment, according to Duke. Power there was later restored.

In the western Triangle, just 26 Duke Energy customers had power outages in Durham County, and 48 customers had outages in Orange County.

What to do when you see a downed power line

Do not touch a power line or anything that is in contact with the line, Duke Energy advises. If you see a downed power line, call Duke Energy at 800-POWERON (800-769-3766) or the local emergency line.

If your power goes out

Text REG to 57801 to get outage alerts via text. Text OUT to report an outage. Duke Energy can update the status of outages. Sign up online for email alerts at

Check outage maps at or

To report outages by phone:

Duke Energy Carolinas: 800-769-3766.

Duke Energy Progress: 800-419-6356.

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan covers North Carolina state government and politics at The News & Observer. She previously covered Durham for 13 years, and has received six North Carolina Press Association awards, including a 2018 award for investigative reporting.