GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Triad's largest county has declared a "State of Emergency" following the winter storm.

Guilford County Emergency Management said they issued the declaration around 2:30 p.m. Friday because of the storm's impact.

The declaration includes all municipalities and townships in Guilford County. By declaring a state of Emergency, agencies identified within the Guilford County Emergency Operations Plan and other community resources are charged with coordinating the overall response to the storm.

More than 100,000 customers were without power in Guilford County when the state of emergency was issued. Duke Energy and the city of High Point Electric Utilities are working to restore service as soon as possible to all customers.

A warming center has been opened at 2010 Coliseum Blvd. at the Glenwood Recreation Center for residents to get out of the cold if necessary.

Residents are urged to stay indoors and off the roads to allow emergency services and public utility crews to work.

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