Hundreds of utility repair personnel from other parts of the country are arriving in the Carolinas to help Duke Energy workers repair damage from this week's severe weather.
The Charlotte Observer reports Thursday that the workers are meeting with company officials and preparing to fan out across the two states where power outages still exist.
Duke officials said Tuesday's storms affected more than 250,000 of its customers at its peak. About 21,000 remained without electricity early Thursday.
Nearly 13,000 of those still without power were in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties of North Carolina. More than 1,000 customers each in Guilford, Lincoln, Catawba and Cleveland counties also remained dark.
South Carolina had fewer than 2,000 outages remaining, mostly in Spartanburg and York counties.