CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Hundreds of people across the Charlotte area were still without power Tuesday night. Duke Energy crews have been working non-stop to restore power to customers, but neighbors in Beverly Woods are still frustrated after being in the dark for days.
“It's been a mess. My son came here and rescued me,” said Tom Koufaliotis.
Florence has come and gone, but the damage the storm caused still remains.
“It's very inconvenient you know," Koufaliotis said.
He lost power around 9:00 p.m. on Friday. He’s one of the many whose power was knocked out when heavy winds came whirling through his park road area neighborhood.
“Sparks came out of the pole, a lot of sparks came out of it,” Koufaliotis said.
People up and down his street are ready to be back in business.
"It's 12 homes on this side. The other side has power," Rudon Showers with Duke Energy said.
Power crews continue to work around the clock, trying to get the lights back on for customers across the area.
“We've been restoring as much as we can,” said Showers. “In the greater Charlotte area, which is what I’m responsible for, we had over 200,000 customers that have been out, and since that time we’ve restored up to 2,500-3,000 remaining without power."
The weekend brought up several obstacles for the crews.
“The challenge with this weather pattern has been continuous flooding and rain and wind gusts,” Showers said.
Duke crews are hoping to get most outages resolved by tomorrow night.
'Im excited. I'm waiting on it. They said it will be ready about an hour,” said Koufaliotis.
And while he's been in the dark for days, he says that doesn't even compare to with what people are dealing with on the coast.
“I hate it happen but a lot of people have it worse than me."
Duke believes they'll have the power back on at Carmel Middle School by 9:00 p.m, on Tuesday, just in time for tomorrow’s scheduled teacher work day. They expect to have that entire area back up and running by 10:00 p.m. tomorrow night.