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Piedmont Triad, NC -- There are still thousands of people without power in the Triad after severe storms tore through the area on Thursday.
Duke Energy says at the height of the outages, more than 350,000 homes were without power.
That number has dropped significantly as crews work to restore electricity to weary homeowners.
Several Duke Energy linemen rolled out of a command area at dawn Saturday and by 9 am, 200 more people were back on the grid in Forsyth County, according to a company spokesperson.
Crews are working across the state to bring everyone back on the power grid.
As of Saturday morning, more than 10,000 people in Forsyth County were still in the dark.
Rockingham County outages were at 4,000; while Alamance County was at 2,000 and Guilford County coming in with a little more than 400 people without power.
Jennifer Zajac with Duke Energy says the destruction the storms left behind is the worst power restoration crews have had to deal with in recent years.
She says the damage is extensive and wide spread.
Crews are getting help from other utility companies within and outside North Carolina.
Zajac says crews have had to clear large areas of trees and debris before getting started on the downed power lines which is taking some time.
But she says she's optimistic crews will have power restored to everyone in the Triad by late Sunday.