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Why does the power blink on and off when there are no storms?

Wayne Faulkner

Tree workers do maintenance trimming for Progress Energy in Florida in 2011. Progress Energy is now part of Duke Energy. Halifax Media photo.

Q. Seems like the power in my neighborhood is blinking out once a week or more these days, and it doesn’t seem to be connected to storms. Is this just a normal summertime thing in Wilmington?

A. Overgrown trees and branches are the most common cause of (flickering lights) power outages, according to Duke Energy spokesman Pete Brooks. Customers may experience an increase in the frequency of interruptions when combined with thunderstorms, high winds, sleet or snow. If you are experiencing repeated flickers, you should report it by calling Duke Energy Progress at 1-800-419-6356.


When will the tree trimmers for power lines clean up their debris along Bragg Drive?

Will the city cut back tree limbs from power lines before hurricane season starts?


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