Power outages affect thousands across NC during freezing weather in northern areas


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, more than 150,000 customers were without power across the state Saturday morning as freezing temperatures moved in.

More than 70,000 of those customers were in the Triad and another 10,000 are in areas of Henderson, Oxford and Roxboro. Roxboro police said earlier Saturday that nearly all traffic lights at major intersections were out because of lack power.

Duke Energy says crews have begun making repairs and assessing damage but difficult travel conditions may delay estimated times of restoration in the hardest hit communities.

By 11 p.m. Saturday, the number of customers in North Carolina without power was down to 115,000. The Greensboro area had the most outages with 47,000 in Guilford County.

Person County had about 11,000 outages with Granville County reporting 5,000 and Vance County with just under 8,000 late Saturday night, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

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