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Some Asheville residents face their 3rd night without electricity

About 38,000 Duke Energy customers in Western North Carolina were still without power Wednesday night. Among them were several North Asheville residents. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

About 38,000 Duke Energy customers in Western North Carolina were still without power Wednesday night. Among them were several North Asheville residents.

Many of them were relieved to see crews working on power lines that fell during Irma's winds Monday. But they were told electricity likely won’t be restored until later in the week.

Phyllis Sultan, 97, was one of the many residents anxiously watching crews work Wednesday evening.

“They've been very good about coming up. So far, they haven't fixed things, but they're happy to come out, so that's a start,” said Sultan.

Just down the road, Ken Kaplan and his wife have been without power since Monday, too. Kaplan said the power often goes out during storms, but this is the longest it’s taken to be restored.

“You really can’t do anything inside but sleep early. I guess is what we’ve done,” said Kaplan. “I can’t do any work. I do a lot of work from home. I can’t do any work in that way.”

Ironically, Kaplan’s parents live in West Palm Beach and their power has been restored. Their home didn’t sustain too much damage, but Kaplan knows it’s a much different story for other Floridians and residents in Texas dealing with the aftermath of Harvey.

“I’m sure all of our food is going to go bad in the fridge and freezer,” said Kaplan. “There are people who are suffering far worse in Florida and Texas. I just don’t understand why Duke can’t get to us sooner here.”

As of Wednesday night, Duke Energy had restored power to 313,000 customers in the Carolinas.

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