FACTBOX-Over 54,000 still without power in Carolinas after Florence

Sept 21 (Reuters) - More than 54,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power on Friday, a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on Sept. 14, according to local power companies. That figure is down from a peak of over 2.2 million customers who were affected by the storm in several Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England states over the past week. Flooding across the Carolinas was expected to worsen over the next couple of days, forecasters said. Officials say at least 40 people have been killed. Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the Carolinas with over 4 million customers, said it had restored power to more than 1.7 million of its nearly 1.8 million customers affected by the storm. The company said it expects to restore service to most customers by Sept. 26.

The following lists major outages according to the utilities' websites:

Power Company State Out Now Served Duke - Carolinas NC, SC 33,700 4,040,000 North Carolina co-ops NC 20,900 1,000,000 Total 54,600

Duke Energy focuses on remaining 49,000 customers without power after repairing nearly 1.8 million outages in Carolinas UPDATE 1-Flooding on tap for South Carolina, a week after Florence

> (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Bernadette Baum)