Kirk Ross

A flooded street on Ocracoke Island.
CREDIT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE / MOREHEAD CITY

The Outer Banks is bracing for a long recovery after Hurricane Dorian.

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville.
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Duke Energy Progress says it will convert another power plant from coal to natural gas.

Duke Energy's plans for the facility at Lake Julian in Asheville are another indication that the energy giant is increasingly relying on natural gas, in part because of its falling price. 

The utility calls the transition for Asheville a "win-win:" cleaner energy and more jobs. Environmentalists say natural gas has its own negative consequences.