GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — After only sporadic power outages all day, Guilford County now has about 1,440 customers in the dark.
The affected areas shown on Duke Energy’s outage map appear to be just north of I-40/85 where it intersects with I-840 on the eastern end of Greensboro.
This is an area south of McLeansville and west of Sedalia and in two almost equal clusters.
Forsyth County continues to have a significant outage, with the nearly 3,000 in two larger areas representing the fifth-highest total reported on the constantly updated outages map at the NC Department of Public Safety.
The number of outages is down to about 65,000 statewide after having peaked at nearly 100,000.
Forysth County’s outages had surged to about 3,300 as sleet has continued to fall along with temperatures and the wind has picked up across the Piedmont Triad.
Duke Energy’s outage map shows about 1,000 of them to be in the area south of I-40 and north of U.S. 158, west of the Hanes Mall area, which includes the Silas Creek and Johnstown Road areas, and another 1,000 or so in the area of Robinhood Road and Milhaven Road. The rest are spread in small clusters around the county.
Surry County customers have struggled with lost power for much of Sunday afternoon, too, as sleet and freezing rain continued to saturate power lines and trees across the Triad, and nearly 2,000 remain without power.
Jeff Brooks, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, posted a statement on his Twitter feed:
“Conditions have worsened in recent hours across Central NC as high winds, constant frozen precipitation and extreme cold make for a scenario that’s perfect for power outages,” he said.
“As of 1:30 pm, approximately 111,000 @DukeEnergy customers without power in #NC#SC, and 3,000 outage locations to be repaired. Crews are working to restore power across the region even as ongoing winter weather causes new outages. Power out? Text OUT to 57801.”
More than 700 customers in Alamance County are still without electricity, and about 300 are powerless in Stokes County as darkness approaches. Randolph County which also had escaped outages now has more than 100.
Most of the hundreds that had been without power in Davidson, Wilkes, Iredell and Watauga counties have been restored.
Most of the outages statewide have been south and east of the Triad and in the western mountains.
Moore County, around Pinehurst, continues to have the biggest problem, with more than 18,000 outages at its peak, though some have been restored. and Wake County was down to about 5,400, less than half of where it peaked.
Jackson and Macon counties in the western mountains are down to about 5,700 between them.
The Asheville area has about 2,000 without power, and Mecklenburg County is reporting nearly 2,000 outages.
Duke Energy earlier this morning had estimated that as many as 750,000 of its customers across North Carolina and South Carolina could lose power because of the storm, which is expected to continue into Monday.