Thousands of North Carolina residents were still without power Thursday morning following Wednesday’s snowstorm.
About 10,300 Duke Energy customers were without power in North Carolina as of 8:30 a.m. while nearly 2,000 customers in upstate South Carolina had power outages.
The outages rose across North Carolina, as snow turned to ice overnight. The snow reached 8 inches through the central part of the state.
At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Duke Energy reported 36,500 customers (homes and businesses) were without electricity in 497 areas.
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The number included more than 1,100 homes in the University City area that lost power due to a fallen tree.
In the town of Belmont, nearly 1,700 were without power at 5 p.m.
Most of the outages in the state were in counties along the Interstate 85 corridor, running southeast to northwest.
At 5 p.m., 11,000 people were without power in Wake County and 9,400 were in the dark in Durham County.
Large blocks of outages were also reported in Chatham (2,900 outages), Lee (2,000), Orange (3,800 outages) counties.
The statewide total fell to 26,000 by 6 p.m. and to 17,800 at 10 p.m., with totals negligible in the Charlotte area.
The outages could worsen into the night, however, as the snow clinging to trees melts, bringing limbs down onto power lines, state officials said.