Power outages causing health concerns in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – More than 600 customers woke up Thursday without power for the sixth day in a row.

For people who rely on medications that have to be refrigerated, the lack of power is becoming a health risk.

“I see people homeless every day and that's what I feel like now,” said Joseph Stine, a resident on Wise Avenue.

Stine is one of three people on his block with diabetes. He has to take his medicine three times a day, every day. If he doesn’t, he says he could slip into a diabetic coma.

That’s why Stine and his neighbors have resorted to using a cooler with ice to refrigerate their prescriptions.

High Point City Manager Strib Boynton told FOX8 it has taken longer than expected to restore all customers’ power. He says utility crews have had trouble getting to certain areas due to trees or brush being in the way. However, they expect to get to everyone by Friday.

“To put it in perspective, a week ago we had 32,000 people without power. Now we're down to just 600-800 without power. I think we've made pretty good progress,” said Boynton.

People who have been without power are encouraged to talk to a pharmacist if they have concerns about their prescriptions.

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