UPDATE (12/24) – Thousands of customers across the Upstate and Western North Carolina are still without power Saturday due to the strong arctic cold front moving across the United States.

According to Duke Energy, the company has begun temporary power outages for the necessity to protect the energy grid against longer widespread outages.

The company released the following statement:

Due to the extreme cold temperatures and subsequent demand for power around much of the nation, electricity supplies are very tight.

As a result, Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) and Duke Energy Progress (DEP), like a number of other utilities, have urged customers to conserve their usage and in some cases, the company is implementing load shedding steps that include interruptions in service. 

This is necessary to extend available power generation and help maintain operations until additional power is available. 

These outages are temporary and rotated among customers and will continue until additional electricity is available and normal operation of the power grid resumes.

The company expects load shedding to continue until at least 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. today, Dec. 24.  Load shed rotates in 15–30-minute blocks though that timing may vary.

Duke Energy deeply appreciates our customers’ patience and understanding as we work through this extreme weather event and we’re doing everything possible to keep the power on for as many people as possible as conditions improve.

Duke Energy crews continue to work to repair remaining outages from Friday’s wind storm and will return to normal operations from these temporary outages for all customers as soon as possible.

Ryan Mosier, Duke Energy

According to the Duke Energy Outage Map, the following counties have customers without power:

South Carolina

  • Anderson County: 11,000 customers
  • Greenville County: 8,000 customers
  • Spartanburg County: 8,000 customers
  • Greenwood County: 800 customers
  • Laurens County: 600 customers
  • Cherokee County: 1,000 customers
  • Oconee County: 18 customers
  • Pickens County: 23 customers

North Carolina

  • Buncombe County: 700 customers
  • Macon County: 150 customers
  • Jackson County: 7,000 customers
  • Transylvania County: 2,000 customers
  • Henderson County: 1,000 customers
  • Rutherford County: 3,000 customers
  • Swain County: 1,000 customers
  • Polk County: 24 customers
  • McDowell County: 1,000 customers