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Many west of Raleigh still without power

Posted March 9, 2014
Updated March 10, 2014

UPDATE: Orange County officials said a total of 4,819 customers remained without power as of 7 a.m. Monday.


MEBANE, N.C. – Sunday’s spring weather was a stark contrast from what residents like Dale Myers face as they continue recovering from Friday’s storm.

Crews removed trees from atop power lines and from the middle of roads in Myers’ Orange County neighborhood Sunday afternoon. He has been, among other things, without electricity since Friday.

“The water is tied onto the power, so that’s no water and heat,” said Myers, who lives near Mebane.

Myers realizes things could be worse. A tree fell onto a nearby mobile home during Friday’s storm.

About 12,000 North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives’ customers in Alamance, Davidson, Durham, Orange and Person counties remained without power Sunday afternoon, an improvement from the 62,600 without electricity on Friday.

Electricity was knocked out after trees and limbs fell on power lines due to ice and high winds from Friday’s storm.

“Dozens of out-of-state crews joined hundreds of line personnel from North Carolina’s electric cooperatives to assist co-ops in need with power restoration efforts,” the cooperative said in a statement.

A flood warning was issued for southeastern Chatham County and northern Lee County until 12:15 p.m. Monday due to high waters along the Deep River. Flooding, which was also reported north of Sanford, is expected to affect morning commuters and school bus routes, the National Weather Service said.

Duke Energy is working to restore power to more than 150,000 customers, including 8,000 in Orange County and over 41,000 in Alamance County, where schools will be closed Monday.

With the lights still out in downtown Mebane Sunday afternoon, Debbie Terry hopes power is restored before time runs out for her.

“I am on an oxygen tank at night,” she said.

Terry is currently using a small replacement, but only has a few tanks left.

“I should have enough,” she said. “I hope so, anyway.”

It may be Wednesday until affected customers have power, Duke Energy said.


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  • iron fist Mar 10, 2014

    What does Raleigh have to do with this article? Raleigh should have been in the headline

  • John Ragan Mar 10, 2014
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    the power is back on in our little corner of northern orange county....Thanks to those linemen and power company workers

  • Don Dickerson Mar 10, 2014
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    According to DE's outage map, it seems the I-85 corridor from Durham to Lexington is the hardest hit area, with special emphasis between Salisbury and Burlington. There. That's more info than I've seen from WRAL this entire event.

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 10, 2014
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    My dad lives in Mebane. They got destroyed out there. Trees down everywhere, transformers down, cable lines down. The pictures my dad sent me on Friday reminded me of the ice storm we had here in 2002. We were out of power for a week back then, too.

  • Terry Watts Mar 10, 2014
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    "We can't offer you electricity, but we can off you all the coal ash water you can drink!" - Duke Power CEO

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 10, 2014

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    They did an entire segment on Mebane last night. Calm down.

  • Dave Roth Mar 10, 2014
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    Only 80 hours without power in Mebane, with others still not restored. Sad to see it barely covered here on WRAL.

  • Don Dickerson Mar 10, 2014
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    Given the overall paltry coverage of the ice event due to all the rain Raleigh got (hopefully you can see my eyes rolling from wherever you are) I have NO idea what I'm talking about, but it does seem the numbers are a bit high this far removed from the storm. Is DE dragging it's feet? Were major transformer farms damaged? C'mon, WRAL....report some news that MATTERS! Stop being a talking head and dig for some real information!

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 10, 2014

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    Yep, we're paying more for less now. McDuke Energy is a horrible company.

  • Imma Annoid Mar 10, 2014
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    Wow. Never had these kinds of problems with CP&L/Progress Energy.