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ICE STORM UPDATES: Cars crushed by downed tree at Winston-Salem apartment complex, power outages continue in Triad area

Duke Energy estimates one million power outages across the Carolinas during the Thursday ice storm.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The WFMY News 2 Weather Team is forecasting a quarter-inch to a half-inch of ice for most of the Triad, which is enough to cause widespread outages. Duke Energy is forecasting one million outages across the Carolinas - some could last several days. 

Keep scrolling to see live updates on power outages, road conditions, and damage reports. Text weather photos to 336-379-5775. Download the free WFMY News 2 app for Apple or Android to stay on top of the winter storm right from your phone. 

Full list: Closings and delays

Timeline: Thursday ice storm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

4 p.m. - Guilford Courthouse National Military Park preparing to reopen Friday

The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is anticipating reopening Friday.

The park was impacted by ice storms back on February 13 and last Thursday.

“The extensive tree damage blocked park entrances, parking lots, trails, and the park’s Auto Tour Road, rendering much of the park inaccessible,” a spokesperson said in a news release.

Park officials said the decision was made for the safety of visitors and work crews.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

10:30 p.m. - Power outage numbers for Triad

DUKE ENERGY:  TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 1,134

DAVIDSON - 4

FORSYTH – 629

GUILFORD – 1

ROCKINGHAM – 157

STOKES – 8

YADKIN – 1

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

SURRY-YADKIN EMC: No Outages Reported

ENERGY UNITED: No Outages Reported

9:31 p.m. Check out this massive tree that fell in Winston-Salem! The Tree fell across part of Pennsylvania Ave earlier today.

9:30 p.m. Trees covered in ice at Battleground Park in Greensboro Thursday.

9:07 p.m. Energy cooperatives respond to ice and outages in the Triad. Many people in the Piedmont Triad rely on energy cooperatives for power. 

RELATED: Energy cooperatives respond to ice and outages in the Triad

8:30 p.m. Rockingham County has been hit the hardest with power outages during Thursday’s ice storm but officials said they were prepared for worse conditions. 

RELATED: Tree damage and fallen power lines leave some without power in Rockingham County

8:00 p.m. Power outage as of 8 p.m. for the Triad 

DUKE ENERGY:  TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 1,880

FORSYTH – 7

GUILFORD – 11

RANDOLPH – 2

ROCKINGHAM – 313

STOKES – 938

WILKES - 113

YADKIN – 1

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported at 4pm – Outage Map Not Loading Now

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

STOKES - 1

ENERGY UNITED: No Outages Reported

5:41 p.m. - Power outage update for the Triad.

DUKE ENERGY:  TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 4,936

ALAMANCE – 69

FORSYTH – 199

GUILFORD – 271

MONTGOMERY – 1

RANDOLPH – 2

ROCKINGHAM – 2,330

STOKES – 937

SURRY – 5

YADKIN – 1

 

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: 1,322 Total Outages

 

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

 

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

YADKIN – 2

 

ENERGY UNITED: No Outages Reported

Check out this video of a tree that fell on a power line in Eden. According to our weather spotter Chris Burleson, the video was taken on 1st St in Eden.

Jeff Brooks with Duke Energy joins WFMY News 2 to answer viewer questions about outages. It will start around 5:35 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - Power outage update for Triad area.

DUKE ENERGY:  TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 6,168

ALAMANCE – 69

DAVIDSON – 89

DAVIE – 30

FORSYTH – 540

GUILFORD – 448

MONTGOMERY – 1

RANDOLPH – 2

ROCKINGHAM – 2,770

STOKES – 843

SURRY – 5

YADKIN – 1

 

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported at 4pm – Outage Map Not Loading Now

 

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

 

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

YADKIN – 24

 

ENERGY UNITED: No Outages Reported

4:37 p.m. -- Power outages in the Triad. 

DUKE ENERGY:  TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 6,903

ALAMANCE – 55

DAVIDSON – 88

DAVIE – 31

FORSYTH – 806

GUILFORD – 331

MONTGOMERY – 1

RANDOLPH – 2

ROCKINGHAM – 3,062

STOKES – 1,044

SURRY – 1

YADKIN – 1

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported 

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

YADKIN – 24

ENERGY UNITED:

DAVIDSON – 5

YADKIN – 238

4:20 p.m. - High Point Electric said it will hold crews tonight to monitor conditions as we could get more ice. 

They will also volunteer to help others if there are no outages tonight in High Point.

4:15 p.m. -- Power outages in the Triad. 

DUKE ENERGY:  TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 7,193

ALAMANCE – 62

DAVIDSON – 88

DAVIE – 31

FORSYTH – 597

GUILFORD – 322

MONTGOMERY – 1

ROCKINGHAM – 3,178

STOKES – 1,034

SURRY – 1

YADKIN – 1

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

WILKES – 4

YADKIN – 24

ENERGY UNITED:

DAVIDSON – 8

DAVIE – 3

YADKIN – 238

3:30 p.m. Triad outages 

DUKE ENERGY:  TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 15,420

ALAMANCE – 11

DAVIDSON – 88

DAVIE – 37

FORSYTH – 1,119

GUILFORD – 894

ROCKINGHAM – 3,181

STOKES – 1,825

YADKIN – 278

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: 16 Outages Reported

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: No Outages Reported

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

FORSYTH – 25

WILKES – 4

YADKIN – 23

ENERGY UNITED:

DAVIDSON – 8

DAVIE – 3

YADKIN – 238

2:30 p.m. - North Carolina is experiencing over 10,000 power outages across the state. Multiple counties throughout the Piedmont-Triad are without power including people in Guilford and Davidson County. Over 2,000 Duke Energy customers are without power in Forsyth and Rockingham County.

DUKE ENERGY: TOTAL NC OUTAGES: 10,585

ALAMANCE – 143

DAVIDSON – 89

DAVIE – 37

FORSYTH – 2,028

GUILFORD – 950

ROCKINGHAM – 2,861

STOKES – 1,747

YADKIN – 320

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: No Outages

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: 1 Total Outage 

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

FORSYTH – 26

SURRY – 1

WILKES – 4

YADKIN – 77

ENERGY UNITED:

DAVIDSON – 12

DAVIE – 5

FORSYTH – 100

YADKIN – 238

1 p.m. - Triad power outages update

DUKE ENERGY- https://outagemaps.duke-energy.com/#/current-outages/ncsc

  • Alamance – 171
  • Davidson - 85
  • Forsyth - 6,076
  • Guilford – 1,224
  • Randolph - 30
  • Rockingham – 1,996
  • Stokes – 2,096
  • Surry - 2
  • Yadkin – 1,064

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC - https://www.highpointnc.gov/1125/Power-Outage

  • 289 outages - a significant improvement from 11 a.m. update

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC - https://outages.randolphemc.com/

  • 0 Outages

11:50 a.m. -- CRUSHED CARS! A huge tree fell on five cars parked at a Winston-Salem apartment complex. Itinease McMiller reports no one was hurt. 

11:30 a.m. -- Forsyth County has the most outages in the Triad with nearly 9,000. Duke Energy is reporting 580 outages in Guilford County, but High Point Electric is working on more than 2,100 outages. Ice is building up and weighing down power lines in Greensboro, which could mean more outages throughout the day. 

Duke Energy outages

  • Alamance – 169
  • Davidson - 86
  • Forsyth - 8,719
  • Guilford – 580
  • Rockingham – 1,712
  • Stokes – 2,136
  • Surry - 22
  • Wilkes – 390
  • Yadkin – 1,218

High Point Electric

  • 2,160 outages

Randolph Electric

  • 156 outages

11 a.m. - Major outages sweep through High Point.

DUKE ENERGY- https://outagemaps.duke-energy.com/#/current-outages/ncsc

  • Davidson - 86
  • Forsyth - 8,942
  • Guilford – 543
  • Randolph - 116
  • Rockingham – 1,655
  • Stokes – 1,373
  • Surry - 39
  • Wilkes – 390
  • Yadkin – 1,585

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC - https://www.highpointnc.gov/1125/Power-Outage

  • 2179 outages

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC - https://outages.randolphemc.com/

  • 3 Outages

10: 48 a.m. - Forsyth County offices close Thursday due to weather. Except for emergency/essential personnel, Forsyth County government offices are closed Feb. 18, officials announced.

This closure includes Public Health vaccination and testing events, county parks, and libraries. The county currently plans to open its offices for normal business hours on Friday, Feb. 19, Forsyth County officials said.

If further delays are announced, WFMY News 2 will have updates.

10:40 a.m. - Power lines down in Greensboro and Rockingham Co. Crews are actively working to fix the issues and restore power. Subscribe to WFMY News 2's YouTube page for more video and coverage of Thursday's storm:

10:30 a.m. - Triad outage update:

DUKE ENERGY- https://outagemaps.duke-energy.com/#/current-outages/ncsc

10:10 a.m. - Greensboro city offices close due to weather. 

Residents can still use the City’s online system to pay water bills, parking fines or permits online.

Residents can also call the following for these services:

  • Police – 911 (emergencies only) or 336-373-2222, menu option #3 (non-emergencies)
  • Water Resources (emergencies only) – 336-373-2033

10 a.m. -- Outages are now beginning to pop up in Guilford County. There are nearly 300 in the county, with the bulk of them in a neighborhood near the New Garden Road and Westridge area. 

  • Alamance – 2
  • Davidson - 32
  • Forsyth - 6,772
  • Guilford – 299
  • Randolph - 115
  • Rockingham – 1,083
  • Stokes – 831
  • Surry - 795
  • Wilkes – 390
  • Yadkin – 583

9:42 a.m. - Novant Health Central Screening Center closes due to weather. Health officials said some COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be rescheduled. In most cases, a patients' appointment will be scheduled for the same time frame as the previous appointment.

Novant Health Medical Group - Hanes: Patients scheduled from 7 - 11 a.m. Thursday will be rescheduled.

  • First doses: Appointments rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 25.
  • Second doses: Appointments rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 19.

Impacted patients will be notified through MyChart, email or phone.

9:30 a.m. -- Outage update: Outages have doubled in Rockingham County from where they were this morning. Forsyth County is also seeing a steady rise in outages. 

  • Alamance – 2
  • Davidson - 32
  • Forsyth - 609
  • Guilford – 12
  • Randolph - 115
  • Rockingham – 1,048
  • Stokes – 745
  • Surry - 759
  • Wilkes – 644
  • Yadkin - 1,080

Terran Kirksey says don't let your guard down. More ice is on the way. 

8:30 a.m. -- Outage update: A few hundred outages are popping up around the Triad, but nothing widespread so far. Rockingham County is seeing the most, with more than 500. 

  • Alamance – 1
  • Davidson - 15
  • Forsyth - 311
  • Guilford – 2
  • Rockingham - 506
  • Wilkes – 253
  • Yadkin - 481

8 a.m. -- Ed Matthews shares a weather update on Facebook

7:55 a.m. -- Outage update: A few hundred outages in the Triad, but Duke Energy is reporting thousands of outages in western counties like Haywood (1,386) and Macon (1,329). 

  • Forsyth - 178
  • Guilford – 1
  • Rockingham - 505
  • Wilkes - 198

7:30 a.m. -- A few hundred outages are being reported across the Triad this morning, the bulk of them are in Rockingham County. 

  • Forsyth - 132
  • Guilford – 30
  • Rockingham - 505
  • Wilkes - 195

Terran Kirksey says there's a brief lull in the weather activity right now, but another widespread area of freezing rain is on the way. 

6:55 a.m. -- Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks tweeted there are around 4,000 outages across the state at this time, but that number is expected to go up as freezing rain continues throughout the day. 

6:28 a.m. -- Ice is starting to coat our field crews' cars. 

6:20 a.m. -- Winston-Salem police say there's a single-car accident along Highway 52 North near 25th Street. It's possible the crash involved ice.

6:15 a.m. -- There are about 500 outages in Reidsville right now, the largest pocket of outages in the Triad so far. The outage location is near US-311 just before Old State Highway 87, south of the Dan River. 

5:22 a.m. -- Duke Energy crews are stationed at Four Seasons Mall, ready to go where the power is out.  

5 a.m. -- Ice is beginning to accumulate and it is also getting windy - it will mean downed trees and power lines. The threshold for widespread power outages is around a quarter-inch of ice, which most all of the Triad is expected to get today. Right now, the Duke Energy outage map is showing around 40 outages in Guilford County, all confined to one Gibsonville neighborhood.

4:15 a.m. -- Power outages are not widespread at this time in the Triad, but there are around 24 outages confined to a neighborhood in Guilford County. The outages are in the Gibsonville area off Cone Club Road and Blue Spring Street. Repairs and damage assessment are underway, according to the Duke Energy outage map

3:54 a.m. -- It is hovering around 30 degrees in the Triad now with steady freezing rain. 

3:15 a.m. -- An update from meteorologist Terran Kirksey.