12,000 Lose Power in Guilford Co., Some For Second Time

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Neighborhoods across Greensboro were in the dark on Wednesday as winds knocked power out. At one point, winds reached higher than 60 miles per hour.

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Trees were snapped in half, and branches were knocked loose near Lake Janette. Power crews worked carefully to re-hang lines as winds hovered around 30 miles-per-hour. Crews had to do their work from the ground because at that speed - it is too dangerous for them to be in the bucket trucks.

Street Lights were out at New Garden Road and Battleground Avenue. Businesses in the area closed early because of outages, including the Wendy's near that intersection.

The manager and her employees kept the restaurant open as long as possible but eventually had to close around 7:00 p.m. and had to finish cleaning up the restaurant by flashlight.

"We were telling the customers the only thing we had was chili, baked potatoes and salads at that particular time," explained Shelia Awoyale, Manager, Wendy's. "We are getting everything put away as best as we can. We have a couple of flashlights, the employees and myself, we are trying to do what we can and come back early in the morning and check to see what's going on."

Power was knocked on in several neighborhoods between New Garden and Horse Pen Creek Roads.

Spenser Wood lost power on Wednesday and last week after the ice storm. His reaction first reaction was, "not again!"

"With it warming up, I really didn't think it was going to happen again," explained Spenser Wood, Greensboro resident. "I kind of figured, well it's going to be 70 degrees, no need to worry."

Wood lives near Guilford College. At one point, nearly 4,000 people lost power in that area.

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