A fast-moving line of storms ripped through the Piedmont-Triad Thursday afternoon bringing strong winds, torrential downpours and widespread hail damage.
As of 2 p.m. Friday, there were still more than 17,400 customers without power in Forsyth County, 9,000 in Rockingham County, 3,500 in Guilford County, 3,500 in Alamance County, 1,400 in Wilkes County, 1,100 in Stokes County, 1,200 in Surry County and 900 in Yadkin County.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Lisa Parrish says customers should prepare for a “multi-day” outage.
The Randolph Electric Membership Corporation reported about 3,600 customers were still without power as of 6:30 a.m. Friday.
Residents are advised to avoid any downed power lines, as they should be considered live and dangerous.
Dozens of down trees blocked Vienna-Dozer Road and River Ridge Road, near Pfafftown, keeping residents from getting home Thursday evening.
“I heard this noise, it got dark and the power went out,” said Nina Angell who had just moved into her a new home on Reynolda Road when a tree hit her car. “I came to look out my front door and I found a tree down on my car.”
“It came through like a freight train,” said Jim Ramsey who found a tree on a home he had up for sale. No one was living in the home when the tree came down into the living room and a bedroom. “Look like it crushed the spin of the house.”
Crews in Guilford County were busy clearing several downed power lines, taking care of trees blocking roads and taking fallen trees off homes.
Cheryl Pegram was at home in Stokesdale with her 86-year-old mother when the storm came through.
“I just heard a big boom and everything fell off the walls and water started coming through the roof,” she explained.
Susie Hawks lives a few miles away from Pegram on Stokesdale Street. She was in the kitchen with her husband watching the powerful winds.
“All of a sudden we looked out the window and the tree was swaying back and forth and we ran into the living room, and next thing I knew the tree came tumbling down on top of the house,” she said.
Cooler and drier air is expected on Friday into the weekend.