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US utility Dominion Energy has restored power to 92% of its customers who were affected by power outages due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian in Carolina and Virginia.

The energy firm restored services to more than 410,000 customers in South and North Carolina and in Virginia as of mid-Saturday.

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Some 35,700 of the 448,000 customers affected by the hurricane were without power by mid-Saturday.

"Our crews continue to work around the clock in very hazardous conditions in order to safely and reliably restore power to our customers so that their lives can return to normal as quickly as possible," said Keller Kissam, president of Electric Operations for Dominion Energy South Carolina.

Patrol teams are assessing the damage, with helicopters and drones supplementing ground efforts, in the hardest-hit areas of Virginia Beach and northeastern North Carolina.

"Excellent progress has been made so far to restore power, but our work is not done until every customer has electricity," said Ed Baine, Senior Vice President of Electric Distribution. "We're a mission-driven organization and we are here to serve our customers and communities."