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Thousands Still Without Power Across N.C.

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SOUTHERN PINES — The picturesque trees from which Southern Pines takes its name are covered with a blanket of white snow -- snow so heavy that it snapped tree limbs and downed power lines.

CP&Lcrews worked hard over the weekend and into Monday to restore heat and electricity to hundreds of customers in Moore County.

Many were without power for at least five days after the historic snowstorm that had most of North Carolina seeing white.

Barbara Baxter's power had been out since Monday evening, over a week ago. Her thermostat bottomed out at 50 degrees. Her fireplace was the only source of warmth, and candles and flashlights served as her only light source.

"We have a blanket up here to keep the heat in the living room," says Baxter. "There's a flashlight on every table ... We have loads of batteries."

By Tuesday morning, most of the power was restored in most parts of the state. CP&L says 2,000 customers across the state are without power. Outages were reported in Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Richmond counties. CP&L says there are no outages reported in the Triangle. TheNorth Carolina Electric Cooperativereports that 2,300 customers are without power. That is down from a peak of 20,000 following Sunday's ice storm. Most of the current outages are in the Sandhills counties, with some in Haywood, Orange, Durham and Davidson. Duke Power reported 40,000 customer without power, mostly in the Piedmont, Western North Carolina and South Carolina. At 11 p.m. Sunday, it also reported 250 customers were without power in the Chapel Hill area who may not get service back until Tuesday night.-->