Duke repair crews in Buncombe from as far away as Dallas; nearly 3K still without power

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    Duke Power is responding to calls for power outages, and the power company anticipates more outages with snow expected to continue Sunday.

    We visited the Marathon gas station near the Ag Center, which is a secondary staging area for trucks.

    All morning we watched a very large operation, with trucks heading out to various dispatched areas, as tens of thousands of WNC residents are without power Sunday afternoon.

    Duke has brought in additional support by contracting with power companies across the country, as far away as Dallas, Texas. One lineman told us he drove 20 hours with his crew to be part of WNC repair efforts.

    Weekend weather conditions are a recipe for outages. If you've been out, you've likely observed that this was a heavy, wet snow, just like Jason Boyer called for.

    A quarter inch of ice on tree limbs can cause them to break and down power lines. It takes six inches of snow to bring down tree limbs, and most areas in WNC have surpassed that.

    If you are a Duke customer without power, check the outage map here for the estimated time of restoration.

    At 1 p.m. on Sunday, 60,000 WNC residents are without power. Fewer than 3000 of them are in Buncombe County, which has the fewest outages of any WNC county.

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