The number of homes and businesses without power on Monday after Hurricane Matthew pummeled the Southeast US Atlantic coast over the weekend dropped to 713,500 from a high of 2.2 million on Sunday morning, according to local electric companies.
Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday.
The storm killed 1,000 people in Haiti. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday some Haitian towns and villages had been almost wiped off the map.
Duke Energy Corp said it could take a week to restore power to some customers in the hardest-hit parts of the Carolinas because parts of its electrical system need to be rebuild.