RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina electric utilities report progress on getting service restored after Hurricane Irene.
About 330,000 customers remain without electricity early Monday, down from a high of more than 600,000.
Progress Energy reports about 100,000 customers without power, with some being told it may be several days before all power is restored. Dominion Power had 59,000 customers in North Carolina without electricity.
North Carolina's electric cooperatives and municipal power agencies don't have updates on progress since Sunday night. The electric cooperatives reported 76,000 outages and cities and towns reported 95,000 customers with no power.
Body pulled from river is Irene's 6th NC victim
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- At least six people died in North Carolina because of Hurricane Irene, authorities said.
The body of a man who had been missing since jumping or falling Friday into the Cape Fear River as some of the first storms from Hurricane Irene reached North Carolina was found around 4 p.m. Sunday, New Hanover County Sheriff's Sgt. J.J. Brewer said.
Rescuers put a boat in the water for a few minutes Friday but were unable to locate Melton Robinson Jr. They couldn't do much searching Saturday because the weather was still bad, Brewer said.
Deputies are still investigating how Robinson ended up in the river.
Three other people in the state died from falling trees or limbs, while two people were killed in traffic crashes.
A man died in Ayden when a tree fell on his house during the storm. Police checking on residents after Irene passed found him, Pitt County spokeswoman Kiara Jones said.
A mother in Sampson County died Saturday morning when a tree fell on the car she was driving, authorities said. Her husband and child were injured, but authorities said they didn't know the extent of those injuries.
The storm also is blamed for the death of a Nash County man who was struck by a tree limb.
In Goldsboro, police say a 15-year-old girl was killed when the sports utility vehicle in which she was riding collided with another vehicle at an intersection where traffic lights failed to work because Irene had knocked out the power.
Police Capt. Anthony Carmon said the girl was one of four family members thrown from the SUV Saturday afternoon. Carmon said the surviving family members, as well as the driver and two children in the other vehicle, were hospitalized.
The girl's family was returning to northern Virginia from Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Highway Patrol also said a man in Pitt County died after he drove through standing water, went off a road and struck a tree.
Obama on Irene: 'This is not over'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite Tropical Storm Irene's weakened punch, President Barack Obama urged those in its path to stay vigilant and warned that the storm's impact would continue to be felt for some time.
This is not over, Obama said in a Sunday afternoon statement from the Rose Garden.
With Irene having unleashed furious wind and rain as it carved its way along the East Coast, the president said emergency officials were most concerned about lengthy power outages and flooding as swollen rivers begin to crest. He urged the public to heed the warnings of local officials in the coming days, and said his administration would continue working with cities and states to ensure they were prepared to respond.
The impacts of this storm will be felt for some time. And the recovery effort will last for weeks or longer, said Obama, flanked by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate.
Seeking to show presidential leadership amid the storm, the White House added the Rose Garden statement to Obama's schedule late Sunday afternoon, after Irene had significantly weakened. Most areas, including New York City, appeared to have escaped with less damage than first expected.
The administration has made a concerted effort to present Obama as a president fully engaged in every aspect of the storm, releasing several photos and readouts of Obama's briefings on Irene as it approached the U.S.
The president cut his Martha's Vineyard vacation short by about 12 hours to return to Washington ahead of the storm's arrival. And as the storm made landfall in North Carolina Saturday, Obama visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency's command center in Washington.
While Irene was far weaker than expected, 18 people died in the storm and early damage estimates were in the billions of dollars. But Obama said the toll could have been much higher had it not been for the preparation and coordination by FEMA and other emergency personnel.
This has been an exemplary effort of how good government at every level should be responsive to people's needs and work to keep them safe and protect and promote the nation's prosperity, the president said.
With more flooding possible, government officials warned it will take several days before they can fully assess the storm's damage.
Fugate, the FEMA director, said teams were first checking on damage in North Carolina, where reports are mostly of flooding, downed trees and damaged highways, and will continue to move through other affected states as Irene heads north toward Canada.
Fugate said FEMA will work closely with the White House to determine what type of funds may be needed to help cities and states recover.
The White House said Obama was being briefed twice on the storm Sunday, once in the morning and again in the evening. Napolitano, Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner were among the top administration officials who took part in the video conferences.
Aides wouldn't say Sunday whether Obama had any plans to visit areas affected by the storm. He is scheduled to travel Tuesday to Minnesota to speak at the American Legion's national convention.
Damage from Irene leads ECU to cancel Monday class
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- East Carolina University says it will close the campus because of damage caused by Hurricane Irene and to allow workers to complete repairs.
ECU spokeswoman Mary Schulken said the school would be closed on Monday. She said there are faculty and staff affected, as well as a lot of students coming from areas that were hit very hard by the storm.
Around campus, power lines were snapped and trees were toppled. Leaks developed in some campus buildings from the heavy rain, and one of the school's six original buildings lost the metal sheeting from its roof.
Schulken also said closing the campus would allow repair work to proceed without having to work around traffic and to give officials time to make sure everything is safe.
Power outages in NC fall to 438,000 after Irene
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than 438,000 customers in North Carolina remain without electricity in Hurricane Irene's aftermath, but some isolated areas won't have to spend another night in the dark.
Ocracoke Island resident Pattie Plyler cheered Sunday afternoon when her lights came on more than 24 hours after they first went off when Irene reached the North Carolina coast. Plyler says the barrier island fared relatively well against the storm, with fallen limbs and debris and ripped-off shingles.
Progress Energy reported 150,000 customers without power, and says it could be several days before all power is restored.
Dominion Power had 81,000 customers without electricity, while electric cooperatives still had 96,000 outages. North Carolina towns and cities report 110,000 customers with no power. Duke Energy has only a handful of outages.