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10:38 PM, Jun 14, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Several thousand people are still without power after severe storms barreled through our state Thursday.

Working to turn the lights back on are several thousand power crews. Many of them have come from out of state to help.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower found one crew working in Northern Forsyth County.

"A real good feeling of accomplishment," explained Danny Fagg, work foreman with a power company. "You know that's what we do for a living, and it makes a whole lot of people happy."
By the time we caught up with Danny Fagg and his crew late Friday afternoon, they had already restored power to thousands of people.

His crew started its shift right after the storm swept through, toppling over trees and ripping apart power lines.
They went home around 11 p.m., and started again Friday morning, just before seven.

"When they give you a call, you have to go," said Fagg. "You might be gone for one day, you might be gone for one month."
Each job is different. In some cases, the entire transformer has to be changed. Others, the distribution lines have to be fixed. Some jobs require a complete system replacement.

"At times people get frustrated, but you know, you understand it's hot, and it's this, and it's that. But that's just part of the job," said Fagg.  "We are doing all we can to get everybody back on as quick as possible. I know several of us went home last night to a dark house, so we know how it is too."

A spokesperson with Duke Energy says they expect to have power restored for all customers by Sunday, and at the very latest, Monday.

WFMY News 2

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