Retro photos: Hurricane heroes

Thousands of utility workers at Duke Energy are ready for Atlantic hurricane season

After a major storm or hurricane, thousands of Duke Energy teammates mobilize to restore power and repair infrastructure. Teammates work through flooding, downed power lines, fallen trees and other obstacles to bring the lights back on to thousands, sometimes millions, of customers. To reduce the number of outages after a storm, the company is upgrading the electric grid all through its service territory. The work includes trimming trees that can fall on power lines, upgrading electric poles and lines, and protecting substations from flooding. Read more about grid improvements.

Here's a look at some of the employees who worked to get your power back on after a storm.


A lineworker restores power in Tangelo Park in Orlando, Fla., after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.


Carolina Power & Light's Hurricane Hugo response team in 1989.


A Carolina Power & Light crew after Hurricane Hugo swept through the Carolinas Sept. 21 and 22, 1989.


A Florida Power crew in the 1950s.

Photo identified


The man in Photo 530 has been identified as Charles Mitchel, who worked for Duke Power Construction in the 1960s as an electrician at Belews Creek during construction.