Winter storm blast leaves 49,000+ without power in Meck County

Winter storm blast leaves 49,000+ without power in Meck County

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Communities across North Carolina are seeing the effects of a winter storm that brought rain, sleet and snow to the area beginning Saturday night.

Dangerous driving conditions due to reduced visibility and precipitation on the roads has led to Medic responding to 75 calls between midnight and 6 p.m. Sunday alone, with most of the incidents occurring on major roadways like I-77 and US-74. Medic says one person died and two other people were seriously injured as a result of the wrecks.

Gov. Roy Cooper provided an update Sunday morning in the midst of this winter blast, saying North Carolina remains under a state of emergency.

Gov. Cooper holds presser on winter storm in NC

Troopers have responded to more than 500 crashes in the state since midnight and more than 170,000 were without power in the state (with an emphasis in the mountains and Mecklenburg County).

“Were so grateful for road crews and first responders and utility crews who are braving this harsh weather, Cooper said.

WINTER STORM EFFECTS: 14,500 customers are without power in Mecklenburg County right now as this winter blast slams our area. Live team coverage and an update from Gov. Cooper on the storm's impacts.

Posted by WBTV News on Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hundreds of churches and local businesses announced that they were closing Sunday as a result of the storm as the region begins to brace itself for continued freezing rain and accumulation.

School districts, including Kannapolis, Rowan-Salisbury, Ashe, Iredell-Statesville, Watauga, Gaston, Caldwell, Cleveland and Burke County Schools, announced that class is canceled Monday.

CLICK HERE for a full list of closings and delays.

Accidents on I-85 in Rowan County were reported early Sunday morning as well, with snow and ice beginning to cover the road shortly after 1:00 a.m.

There was a car that completely flipped over on I-85 near Belmont around 3 p.m. Sunday. Police were on scene to help with the vehicle.

For those who avoided driving this morning, power outages have been another issue as Duke Energy is reporting thousands of outages in its coverage areas across the region.

Duke Outage Update- 7:00 a.m.
Duke Outage Update- 7:00 a.m. (Source: Dlugosz, Brian)

By 3:30 p.m., the number of power outages in Mecklenburg County reached more than 49,000. Click here for the latest outage numbers from NCDPS.

Blue Ridge Energy in the mountains has also reported over 1,100 outages in Watauga, Wilkes and Ashe Counties at this time with that number expected to rise throughout the day.

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