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Carowinds opens at 3 p.m. after lengthy power outage

A tree fell onto power lines at the entrance to Carowinds on Friday morning, knocking out power and closing the theme park for several hours.

Duke Energy crews completed repairs shortly after 2 p.m., and park officials said they were opening at 3 p.m.

Officials from Carowinds and Duke Energy say a tree, its root system weakened by recent heavy rains, fell onto a power line about 8 a.m. near the entrance to the park, off Carowinds Boulevard near Interstate 77 at the state line.

“The tree fell on a primary line,” said Justin Landon, a spokesman for Duke Energy.

Landon said about 65 customers were affected, including Carowinds, which had planned to operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. The Independence Day weekend typically is among the busiest times of the year for the park.

Instead, Carowinds said it will charge the twilight price of $29.99 for admission Friday and will remain open until 11 p.m., an hour later than planned.

Carowinds officials also said tickets for Friday can be used another day. However, the park is closed Sunday for a private event.

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