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High Winds Knock Out Power In Southern Pines, Northeastern Counties

Posted December 24, 2002 3:52 a.m. EST

— The National Weather Service has issued high-wind warnings in the eastern part of North Carolina as gusts toppled trees and power lines in Harnett and Moore counties.

A wind gust of 46 miles per hour was reported in Southern Pines. Nearly 9,000 outages were reported from Southern Pines into South Carolina around 2 p.m. Tuesday, but the number was down to around 3,800 a couple of hours later.

There were 906 outages reported in the northern region served by Carolina Power and Light, 820 of those in Dunn.

The weather office posted high wind warnings for Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash, Wayne, Wilson, Greene, Martin and Pitt counties.

The mountains also could see high winds Wednesday to go with a little ice or snow.

As of 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Progress Energy reported 9,582 outages:

Fuquay Varina - 200

Zebulon - 174

Dunn Selma area - 5,400

Southern Pines 3,308

Sanford - 500