Thousands Without Power In NC

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolinians can't seem to get a break from winter as still another storm moving through the state has left hundreds of thousands of power customers in the dark.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain forced many schools to close or delay classes. Duke Energy says 583,000 customers were without power. The biggest problems were around Greensboro, Burlington and Asheboro. The National Weather Service has posted a storm warning for parts of western North Carolina with both flood and winter storm warnings in effect in the central part of the state.

The forecast calls for as much as 4 inches of snow near Boone with an inch between Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill. As much as an inch of sleet is expected around Hickory and Statesville with freezing rain in Charlotte.

A Duke Energy spokesperson told WFMY News 2 that they are tripling resources on Saturday by bringing in crews from the Midwest and Florida. They're concerned for customer safety on Saturday as it will be a warm day with people outside however fallen power lines will still be in the area. Report down power lines to Duke Energy and local police.

Estimated times of restoration by county

The estimated times of restoration indicate when the majority of outages in specific locations are expected to be restored. Many customers will have service sooner than the estimated times. Individual cases could have scattered outages beyond these times.

Alamance – Wednesday, 11 p.m.

Anson – Sunday, 4 p.m.

Cabarrus – Sunday, 4 p.m.

Caswell – Wednesday, 11 p.m.

Chatham – Tuesday, 11 p.m.

Davidson – Wednesday, 11 p.m.

Davie – Tuesday, 11 p.m.

Durham – Sunday, noon

Forsyth – Tuesday, 11 p.m.

Granville – Sunday, noon

Guilford – Wednesday, 11 p.m.

Iredell – Saturday, 11 p.m.

Mecklenburg – Saturday, 11 p.m.

Montgomery – Saturday, 11 p.m.

Orange – Sunday, 11 p.m.

Randolph – Wednesday, 11 p.m.

Rowan – Sunday, 4 p.m.

Stanly – Sunday, 4 p.m.

Wilkes – Sunday, 11 p.m.

More than 4,300 line and tree personnel are responding to hard-hit areas including Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Randolph and Rowan counties. Crews are clearing trees, replacing poles, restringing power lines and replacing transformers and other equipment.

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