Trees down, power out due to high winds in western N.C.

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 05:26 PM

ASHEVILLE — A winter storm packing strong winds is causing problems across western North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports ( ) high winds have knocked down trees and brought down power lines, leaving some residents without power.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Duke Energy reported more than 3,800 customers without power in Henderson County, More than 3,325 customers were in the dark in Swain County and another 1,556 were without electricity in Cherokee County.

Progress Energy reported more than 700 customers without power as of 3 p.m.

The storm has already spawned tornadoes and dangerous winds throughout the Southeast. Two deaths are being blamed on the storm.

Wind advisories are in effect across North Carolina, and a winter weather advisory is in effect for the higher elevations.