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Crews Prepare for Chance of Frozen Repeat

Posted January 18, 2007
Updated January 19, 2007

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Weather remains an issue in the Triangle, with a chance of another wintry mix of precipitation on Sunday.

Both the city of Raleigh and area power companies say they'll be ready if a big storm hits. Two winters ago, a half-inch of snow brought the city to a standstill.

"That's about as (bad) as it can get in city government. The citizens are out there and they can't get to their families. That's the thing you want to avoid at all costs," Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said.

Since 2005, the city has invested in a solution that helps prevent roads from freezing over if applied before a storm hits. Salt trucks are on standby, ready to roll out when the storm rolls in.

Power companies are also in prep mode.

"We will monitor the weather and as soon as we know there are outages, we will begin to respond as quickly and as fast as we can," said Tanya Evans, a spokesperson for Progress Energy. "We have a comprehensive storm plan, but as we know, winter weather is difficult to predict, but we have a storm team that is closely monitoring this weather system."

Power companies and their customers won't soon forget the massive ice storm in December 2002. Two inches of ice covered the Triangle, and hundreds of thousands of people were without power, some for several days.

"The crews can only move so quick from area to area. Because of the challenging weather, they can only work so fast, and it just takes an awful lot of time," said Paige Sheehan, a communications specialist for Duke Power.

Duke Power officials say they have a team of meteorologists monitoring the storm system through the weekend. "Duke does have crews in place in every part of our service area that can respond at a moments notice," Sheehan said.

Power company officials remind you call them if you lose power and to stay away from any downed power lines. Also prepare for an outage by having plenty of flashlights and batteries.

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  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Jan 20, 2007

    Just an observation from a having lived in NC my entire life: "In winter driving conditions, the natural orientation of the average SUV is 'Wheels UP'."

  • Fence Straddler Jan 20, 2007

    This weather will be considerably mild as compared to what we received this week.
    If you lose power be sure to remember the Progress Energy Power Outage number 1(800) 419-6356 Very Important!

  • Raisin Jan 19, 2007

    Slow down!!! and keep a good distance between cars.

  • oldrebel Jan 19, 2007

    Slow down, maintain an extended distance from vehicles in front..and be sure to wave and honk at those idiots that passed you earlier and are now off in the woods or median.

  • anonemoose Jan 19, 2007

    jguelich, that storm was a once in a lifetime deal for here. We had high temps in the 20's, and lows in the single digits for the previous three nights. Everything that came down stayed frozen, except for that on the roads. Every time tires rolled across it, it heated slightly, then immediately re-froze, getting smother each time. It was zambonies on the roads.
    It doesn't bother me though, I'll jump from two wheels to four.

  • LTL Jan 19, 2007

    KEEP YOUR 4WAY FLASHERS OFF!!!!!!!

  • Kimo Jan 19, 2007

    I agree with chargernut69. How does .5 inches of snow/sleet always bring such stupidity to this area ??!!

  • blahblahblah Jan 19, 2007

    Don't tailgate and don't keep tapping your brakes!

  • Sweet Tiffyhog Jan 19, 2007

    whoo! the kids will be on cloud 9

  • no screen name Jan 19, 2007

    Bring on the SNOW!!! Let the city shut down! :)

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