Duke Energy still must restore 79,000 outages from storm; Orange schools closed

From staff reportsMarch 10, 2014 

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Ice shrouded branches on a tree on Miller Road in Orange County. A winter storm knocked out power to over 300,000 residents mainly in Orange, Durham, Alamance and Guilford counties.

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— Duke Energy crews face another day of heavy work Monday as the company reported about 79,000 customers remained without power because of Friday's storm.

The biggest problem was Greensboro and Guilford County, where the company’s outage map showed about 33,000 customers still waiting for electricity to be restored.

Alamance County and Burlington were next on the list with just over 25,000 outages.

Davidson County had 9,400 customers remaining in the dark, Randolph 8,200 and Orange 3,356.

Orange County officials reported that Piedmont Electric Cooperative had 1,462 customers who needed power restored.

The ongoing problems from the storm, during which ice brought down trees that blocked roads as well as hitting power lines, caused officials to close Orange County schools for the day for students and to make it an optional teacher workday.

“If staff members are able to come into work on Monday, we urge them to use the utmost caution during their commute. Many roads throughout the county remain fully or partially blocked by fallen power lines and trees,” the school district said in a notice posted on its website.

Duke said in the reports for each county that it hoped to have everyone reconnected by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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