Ice begins to melt in northern counties after days of freezing rain
Posted February 18, 2021 11:25 p.m. EST
Updated February 19, 2021 11:06 p.m. EST
Oxford, N.C. — Refreezing of the roads was a concern on Thursday night, especially in northern communities like Granville County.
So far, there haven't been any trouble spots reported, but residents said that, after last weekend's storm, they weren’t taking any chances.
"I'm preparing for it. I’m going out and getting propane for my cooler outside," said Gerald Sommer, who lives in Oxford.
Sommer said he's lived in Granville County for almost 20 years and that ice storms are difficult.
"[I'm] getting ready for the cold because I want to make sure I'm warm, make sure the family has food [and] we have a place to cook," he explained.
Danny's Convenience Store manager Ibrahim Almaweri said the store sae a nonstop flow of customers buying gas and propane tanks on Thursday.
They started the day with about 40 propane tanks and had only a few left by Thursday night. For last week's storm, the store didn't sell any.
"[People are] getting gas, getting water, extra drinks and extra food," described Almaweri.
Earlier on Thursday, almost 2,000 people were without power. Now, the fear is that roads are refreezing.
County officials cautioned residents to be careful on bridges or just stay home.
"You never know what's going to come on here because this is the country, and the country is the last to be seen," said Sommer.
County officials said Duke Energy, Wake Electric and Piedmont Electric had thousands of additional workers to get the power restored quickly on Thursday.
On Friday, ice was melting, and conditions were expected to improve over the weekend.