Guilford Co. declares State of Emergency, over 175,000 county residents without power

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County has declared a State of Emergency due to the impact of the winter storm.

“I have determined that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities will be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property,” Guilford County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Hank Henning said in the declaration.

The declaration includes all of the municipalities and townships within the county.

By declaring a State of Emergency, agencies identified within the Guilford County Emergency Operations Plan and other community resources are charged with coordinating the overall response to the incident.

Currently, over 175,000 customers are without power in Guilford County.

Duke Energy is reporting 145,000 outages and High Point Electric Utilities is reporting 32,000 outages.

Duke Energy and the City of High Point Electric Utilities are working to restore service as soon as possible to all customers.

A warming center has been opened at 2010 Coliseum Blvd. at the Glenwood Recreation Center for residents to get out of the cold if necessary.

Residents are asked to shelter in place at their residences Friday and stay off the roads as much as possible to allow emergency services and public utility crews the ability to work.