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Cold and power outages make for dangerous combo

Robert Grant, of Mills River, said he lost power in the afternoon, and it was restored within about two hours. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Extreme cold can make it harder for Duke Energy's equipment to work, officials said.

The outage in Henderson County that left thousands without power Tuesday was caused when transmission at station went out, they said. Power restored in the afternoon, but people who lost power said it was a good reminder to check on neighbors when temperatures drop below freezing.

Robert Grant, of Mills River, said he lost power in the afternoon, and it was restored within about two hours.

"It’s really concerning for the older people," Grant said.

He called his elderly sister, who lives up the road from him, to make sure she was OK when the lights went out.

"Matter of fact, her water froze last night, and I don’t know when she’ll get it back," Grant said. "I could survive myself. I could put on more clothes, but I’m tickled to death that it came back on."

Power companies said, in times like this, it's also important to try to conserve energy, because so many people are using so much.

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