GREENSBORO, N.C. — High winds have many sitting in the dark. Bad thunderstorms left us alone on Friday afternoon, but wind gusts are downing trees and power lines. The wind isn't done just yet, so be alert tonight.

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The WFMY News 2 Weather Team says wind are gusting as high as 35 to 50 mph at times this evening, and that will continue through about 10pm or so tonight. Why is it so windy? A strong cold front is moving in right now, and we're caught in between an area of high pressure and low pressure.

Trees have fallen on houses and cars in Mount Airy. Shelly Williams sent us a picture of a downed tree in her backyard in Kernersville.

Kernersville Downed Tree
Sherry Williams took this photo in her backyard in Kernersville
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From the Foothills to the Triad, at one point more than 20,000 people lost power. However much of the power is expected to be restored after midnight. 

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A wind advisory is in effect until 10pm tonight. Winds will slowly die down overnight, but it will stay breezy on Saturday. 

Here you can see power crews hard at work in High Point. This is in the area of East Washington Street. 

POWER LINE SAFETY

Safety Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging during a storm. Consider all lines energized as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines. Report downed power lines to your local power company and to your police department.

If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

REPORTING POWER OUTAGES

Duke Energy: 1-800-POWERON, 1-800-769-3766 Customers may also report an outage or view current outages online
Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356
NC Electrical Cooperatives: 1-888-411-7870
Energy United: 1-800-386-4833
Randolph Electric: 1-877-736-2633
Piedmont Electric: 1-800-449-2667
Surry-Yadkin Electric: 336-356-8241
City of Lexington Electric: 336-248-2337
City of High Point Electric: 336-883-3111

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