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Thousands lose power around central NC as temps hover in teens, 20s

Outages knocked out power to more than 1,200 people near Wake County and almost 1,000 in Cumberland County early Wednesday morning as temperatures dipped well below freezing.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Outages knocked out power for thousands in Wake County, Orange and Cumberland County Wednesday as temperatures dipped well below freezing.

Wednesday evening Chatham County customers were experiencing the most outages in the area.

Wednesday morning, roughly 150 customers east of Wendell were in the dark and another 550 lost power northwest of Smithfield, according to Duke Energy's online outage map. Almost 1,000 customers were without power just east of Fayetteville.

Louis Hernandez is on oxygen, and his wife has diabetes. He says losing power makes everything harder."

"There's nothing I can do," he said. "The power goes out, and it's something that is beyond my control, so I get panic stricken.

Dave Gordon, who lives in the Sunny Meadow Lane neighborhood off Farm Gate Road in Raleigh, said power outages in the area are rare.

"I called the power company," Gordon said. "They said they didn't know anything about the power being out on Farm Gate Road."

Duke's website did not show any outages in the southwest Raleigh neighborhood by 11 a.m. Some customers in the area said their power flickered on briefly and then shut off again.

Crews chipped away at the totals all morning, and by noon there were only a handful of outages left in Wake County and about a dozen in Cumberland County, according to Duke's website.

In Hillsborough, about 1,400 people were without power Wednesday night as a result of equipment damage. Crews estimated power would be restored before midnight.

A Duke spokeswoman said the low temperatures put higher stress on the utility's equipment that generates and delivers electricity, which could cause some spotty outages.


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