POWERLESS: Almost 12,000 without electricity in WNC in wake of ice storm


    Image: Kellie Schmidt

    Almost 12,000 people are without electricity in WNC Sunday night, down from double that number earlier in the day.

    Thousands spent part of Saturday night and the early morning hours Sunday without electricity after a storm brought ice, snow and rain to Western North Carolina.

    On Sunday afternoon, the following counties are still affected:

    • Buncombe: 240
    • Transylvania: 1494
    • Polk: 353
    • Henderson: 9611

    The Duke outage website says that crews are assessing damage.

    "The sleet and freezing rain that passed through the Carolinas last evening has resulted in significant damage to the electric grid across select counties of North Carolina," Duke officials said on the utility's website. "Crews are out in full force actively assessing damage and restoring power and will continuously update the outage map to provide more specific estimated restoration times as they progress."

    Thousands spent part of Saturday night and the early morning hours Sunday without electricity after a storm brought ice, snow and rain to Western North Carolina. (Image credit: WLOS staff)

    Duke officials ask people who are using generators to turn them off if they see crews in their area. The excess electricity created by a generator can potentially feed back onto the electric lines, creating hazards for line technicians.

    If you are a Duke Energy/Progress customer without power, you can get restoration and outage information here.

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