DURHAM — All lanes of Iinterstate 85 are open again between exits 177 and 179 as of 7:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Durham police.
Coordinating with the State Highway Patrol and the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Durham police diverted traffic around the area of I-85 between exit 177 and 179 where downed trees and power lines from heavy thunderstorms blocked the area around 6 p.m. Saturday.
A transformer blew causing five power poles to uproot which fell leaving power lines strewn across both the north and southbound lanes of I-85.
About 1400 customers in Durham County are without power in the affected areas around West Club Boulevard and Washington Street.
Duke Power is on scene at both locations to assist Durham police and Durham Fire Department with the downed lines. So far there is no estimate as to when normal traffic will resume.
Outages such as this often take two to three hours to restore power to those affected said Erin Culbert, a spokesperson with Duke Energy.
Another 134 customers in Wake County are without power centralized around the area of Lake Boone Trail.