Thousands without power as snowstorm moves through NC

Posted February 13, 2014

— More than 100,000 people were without power across North Carolina at the height of the snowstorm Thursday, according to Duke Energy Progress.

On Thursday afternoon, about 10,000 people in Wake County – or about 2.5 percent of customers – were without power. That number dropped to about 1,800 Thursday evening.

Raleigh residents Betsy and her daughter, Ella, said they were prepared for the outage.

"It went out about 3 or 4 a.m., so we woke up to a dark, cold house. But we’ve just been patiently waiting," Betsy said.

"The hardest part for me is probably just the part where, OK, I can’t watch TV here, I can’t do this, I need some time," Ella added. "I do love reading, but sometimes it’s a little inconvenient … there's no WiFi, and it’s just been tough."

Ella baked brownies to say thank-you to the workers trying to restore power for her and her neighbors.

To check on outages in your area, visit Duke Energy Progress' website. To report a power outage, call 1- 800-POWER-ON or 1-800-419-6356 for Duke Energy Progress. If available, you'll get information on when the power is expected to be restored to your location.


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  • Jennifer Wilder Feb 13, 2014
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    How did she bake brownies without power?

  • sunshine1040 Feb 13, 2014

    All of us in this state are not on Duke Power system but thank goodness Lumbee River Electric kept us warm and on line

  • mafiamic Feb 13, 2014

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    It's their job,like every other agency and responders.They knew what they were going to be up against when they went for the job.
    Yes they are and did do a great job,but to put someone above everyone else only makes you not worthy enough.
    Many left their vehicles out and walked,Many were out shoveling the snow away from the sidewalks and cars to make it safer for others.
    Just because she didn't have a TV to watch and Wi-fi to get on the internet..Oh wow spoiled are'nt we?,your phone has internet.
    Again good job to the crews but no one is above anyone else for there were many who were told to stay at work yesterday by their bosses and couldn't get home and had to walk in the snow,there were many who had to go to work today in the ice and snow,give kudos to them for they kept everything working,when most wouldn't go outside.

  • Jackie Strouble Feb 13, 2014
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    "Ella baked brownies to say thank-you to the workers trying to restore power for her and her neighbors."

    Good for her! These guys and gals are like other first responders - when most of us are safely indoors they are out in the worst of it, day or night, working in extreme and dangerous conditions. Some of them left their homes in far away states to be here.

    A shout out to all these crewmembers. Thank you!