Thousands still without power Friday after Zeta moves through Carolinas

Crews working to restore power after Zeta

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta brought heavy wind and rain to the Carolinas Thursday. While the storm didn’t stick around long, it left an impact.

Heavy gusts of wind along with periods of rain were enough to topple trees and take down power lines throughout the Charlotte area.

Around 235,000 Duke Energy customers were still without power Friday morning, according to the power company’s outage map. More than 7,000 customers were still without power in Mecklenburg County alone.

Just before 9 p.m. Thursday night, many households on Eastport Road in east Charlotte were still without power.

“It’s going on 10 to 12 hours man, so yeah I had no idea it would take this long,” said Chris Howard, a resident who lives along Eastport.

Some residents said that Duke Energy was estimating power restoration for their homes wouldn’t happen until Friday.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating and then of course we have no idea when the power’s going to be turned back on,” said Alan Lilly, another resident living along Eastport Road.

Duke Energy encourages customers to check the outage maps on its website for updates on the power restoration process.

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