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Power Struggle Almost Over

Posted December 25, 1998

— There is good news for the few people who are still in the dark after an icy Christmas. CP&L crews have restored service to all but a few dozen people who lost power.

About 70 homes and businesses were still without power Saturday night. CP&L crews were working to get everyone back online by midnight.

"They know your power is out. They know that customers are frustrated and want to spend the rest of their holiday with lights and warmth," said CP&L's Nancy Temple. "They're working as hard as they can."

A thick glaze of ice weighed down tree branches and caused widespread power outages this week. At one point, 83,000 CP&L customers were in the dark.

While most of the lights are back on in North Carolina, the situation is much different in Virginia.

Folks in the Old Dominion were hit hardest by the ice storm. About 200,000 Virginians still didn't have power Saturday evening. That is down from 280,000 on Christmas Eve.

Those in the dark may have to wait until next week until their power is restored.


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