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Linemen scramble to restore electricity in Henderson County

Duke Energy crews worked across Henderson County on Tuesday, trying to get service restored to the thousands without power. The Duke outage map showed almost 3,000 were still without electricity as of about 9 p.m. Tuesday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some people in Henderson County have been without electricity for more than 24 hours, and it could be days before power will be restored.

Duke Energy crews worked across the county Tuesday, trying to get service restored to the thousands without power. The Duke outage map showed almost 3,000 were still without electricity as of about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Numerous crews worked on lines along Kanuga Road, some on the ground while others were in the air, working to install new transformers.

One lineman said the work could be finished in as little as an hour or as much as 10 hours.

"It's a long process," one crew member said.

Meanwhile, broadband companies were waiting for the Duke crews to finish before putting in their new lines.

The power went out about 7:40 p.m. Monday.

Michael and Shannon Bowen and their daughter Grace were at home. Her school, an early college program at Blue Ridge Community College was canceled.

'We've just been hanging out with candles singing songs, and it's actually been kind of fun," Michael Bowen said.

The power was out at Caswell and South Church in Hendersonville on Tuesday, causing drivers to move gingerly through the intersection.

The high winds left leaves scattered across many country roads and this tree strewn across yards.

A tree fell on Huckleberry Mountain Road, sending drivers on a major detour.

Rob Wilson cleaning up his family's property.

"The wind blowed over the forked crab apple tree," said Rob Wilson, who was cleaning up his family's property. "And it was one neighbor helping out another. We was cutting it up and hauling it back to the woods."

His uncle Eugene doing that part of the job.

If you are a Duke Energy customer, you can check outages and restoration times here.

Duke Energy said in a news release Tuesday night it expects to restore power to almost all North Carolina and South Carolina customers by late Friday, if not sooner. In the North Carolina mountains and Upstate South Carolina, customers can expect to have power restored by 11 p.m. Friday. However, 95 percent will be restored sooner.

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