GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) -- The winter storm could leave you in the dark for several days. Duke Energy is reporting it anticipates 500,000 plus power outages with the winter storm headed for North Carolina.

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POWER OUTAGES

Duke Energy said with the temperatures below freezing, consider making a plan to move family members to a safe, location in the event of extended power outages.

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GENERATOR SAFETY

They also warn if you lose power and use a generator, to never operate it inside your home, building, or garage. You’ll also need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and proper operation.

On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced he will issue a state of emergency for the state head of the winter storm which will bring heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY

Cooper urged that everyone keep a close eye on the forecast because the storm will have various impacts. From nearly two feet of snow in the mountains of western North Carolina to sleet and ice south and east of Charlotte, the winter storm will be felt long after it moves out Tuesday.

The National Guard has also been activated ahead of the winter storm.

Cooper said it's best for people in areas impacted by the wintry weather to just stay home.

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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