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Duke Energy is experiencing large numbers of outages across the region Tuesday morning. Duke Energy is experiencing large numbers of outages across the region Tuesday morning.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -
Duke Energy is asking customers in the Carolinas to conserve power into Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the company says utilities are being pushed to the brink across the country with extreme cold weather driving up the use of electricity.

Duke Energy is asking customers to select a comfortable setting when at home and to turn the thermostat down a degree or two if they leave for an extended period.
Customers are also asked to leave drapes or blinds open to allow the sun's rays to warm the house. 

Duke officials tell us their equipment has never been strained like this before.
Duke Energy  experienced large numbers of outages across the region Tuesday morning.  As of 10 a.m. the highest number was more than 7,600 outages in Henderson County.

According Erin Culbert, the scattered outages were a result of equipment being strained from cold temperatures and high-demand for power.

Two shelters opened while crews restored electricty to customers.  Avenue.
There were also 2,600 outages in Transylvania County. 

In the Upstate, there were more than 4,600 100 outages.

If you lose power, Duke Energy customers should call 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766).

You can get updated information on Duke Energy power outages by clicking here.

South Carolina Electric & Gas is using rolling blackouts to deal with the cold weather energy use.
The utility said Tuesday it will use a series of rolling blackouts that shouldn't last any longer than 15 minutes to manage its generating capacity and demand.
    
SCE&G officials said it had lost generating capacity because of weather-driven mechanical issues at several of its power plants.
Nearly 50,000 SCE& G customers were without power across the state.  The biggest outages were in the Charleston area.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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