Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000-500,000 power outages across North Carolina and South Carolina.
The company has 6,000 workers ready to restore power once the storm has passed. Officials said complete power restoration from a storm of this magnitude could take several days.
The heaviest rains are expected Thursday and Thursday night. Rain will fall statewide, with central North Carolina and the Foothills expecting as much as 7 inches of rain. Eastern North Carolina expects to see the strongest winds, with 24-45 mph sustained winds and gusts up to 50 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for 45 counties in eastern and central North Carolina and a high wind warning is in effect for three counties.
Emergency officials suggest these tips during storms:
- Do not drive through flood waters. One foot of moving water could float and sweep a vehicle away. Stay away from creeks, storm drains and flowing water during storms.
- During the storm, call 911 for any life threatening situations or to report limbs or trees blocking roadways. Do not attempt to clear storm drains or storm drainage pipes during the storm.
- Please call 911 to report an accident or hazardous traffic conditions.
- For non-emergency situations, please call 311.
- Report power outages by contacting Duke Energy at 1-800-777-9898.
- Know your area's flood risk. You can find more information about floodplain mapping.
For more on Hurricane Michael, visit myfoxhurricane.com.