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Ice storm leaves, power crews still busy


A long day without power will become a cold night for some as they wait for their electricity to be restored.

"This part of town is harder hit than other spots," said Tim Moody in the Dula Town Road area near Lenoir.

A tree fell on lines there with dozens of loud pops and bursts of fire as electricity arced between two lines. With a final, loud bang, power was cut to dozens of homes.

Across the mountains and foothills that same scene played out as ice built up on trees and wind toppled them.

A few secondary roads in Watauga County were slick but most main roads were clear. In the foothills few roads were coated in ice.

The major issue was the power situation. Officials at Duke Energy and Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation said crews would work into the night to restore power.

By 6:30pm all of the Blue Ridge customers affected had power restored. Crews remained on standby, however, in case more outages occur.

Despite most of the ice melting away inn the foothills, forecasters are calling for windy conditions to continue for a few hours.

With the ground saturated more trees could topple in the wind with more power outages resulting.

They urge all families to have emergency kits ready with flashlights and other supplies and have their cell hones charged in case their power goes out.

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