Piedmont Electric crews with assistance from more than 230 outside line workers made great progress today in their restoration efforts. As of 9 PM today, crews have restored more than 7,500 outages bringing the restoration totals to more than 16,000+. We are quickly approaching 80% restoration and the restoration numbers for Sunday will continue to climb as we repairs are completed and entered into the system. To learn more about the process we follow in outage restoration please see “The Steps to Restoring Power”. Of utmost importance is the safety of our customers and employees. Please stay clear of downed power lines and if you have an emergency generator don’t connect it directly to your house wiring without the assistance of a licensed electrician. The power from the generator could flow back up into the power lines and create a hazard for the crews and the public. We want to thank you for your patience and we want to assure you that we will work around the clock to get your power back on as soon as possible. Circuits that feed power to you start at a substation that can be up to ten miles away from your home. The first step in restoring power after a major storm is to get the circuits energized. Then we can work on any damage to the wires leading to your home. The goal is to first repair the lines that can get power to the greatest number of people. In the early stages of a major storm restoration you may not see crews working near your home but be assured they are working on lines that feed power to your home even if you can’t see them or they don’t stop at your house.