Some in NC without power for days after weekend ice storm

Posted February 14, 2021 7:37 a.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2021 11:49 a.m. EST

— More than 10,000 customers north of the Triangle remained without power on Monday as a result of Saturday's ice storm.

Duke Energy's outage map shows clusters of wider outages with thousands of customers impacted.

Person and Granville counties each had outages around 3,900, and Vance County still has more than 3,200 without power.

While power outages are not as prevalent in Warren, Halifax, Orange, Durham, Franklin and Chatham counties, some customers there are also in the dark. According to Duke Energy's website, some may not have power restored until Tuesday evening.

As a result, Granville County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay Monday. Mecklenburg County, Va., and Vance County schools are closed.

Along with some risk for black ice, roads are also potentially dangerous due to the lack of functioning street lights in some areas.

Large trees have fallen in parts of northern NC counties, weighted down by ice.

Some power lines, branches and fallen trees also make roadways hazardous, in places where they sag so low that could potentially touch passing vehicles.

Henderson and the surrounding county put out a local State of Emergency and even imposed a curfew Saturday night, when dark roadways were particularly hazardous – meaning drivers may not even realize they were passing an intersection with traffic lights or coming close to a fallen tree.

Large trees have fallen in parts of northern NC counties, weighted down by ice.

In Person County, workers spent Sunday clearing downed trees and limbs from the roads while power crews repaired lines.

Roxboro Police blocked some streets with yellow tape after wires and trees collapsed.

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