North Carolina didn't receive the brunt of Hurricane Irma, but it has felt several of its impacts over the past couple of days.
Flights were canceled, trees were knocked down and many people throughout the state were without power.
Tim Tripp, director of storm response for the Carolinas at Duke Energy, said in a statement on Monday that "more than 4,500 storm responders, including power line workers, tree professionals, damage assessors and support personnel, were positioned across North and South Carolina ready to quickly respond to power outages."
Despite statewide preparation, Duke Energy reported thousands of power outages throughout the state — especially in Mecklenburg and Buncombe counties.
Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Tuesday that power outages peaked at 77,000 Tuesday morning and about 63,000 homes and business remained without power until 12 p.m., mostly in western counties.