Thousands spent hours without power

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:09 PM

Many Vance County residents, like Christine Norton, woke up Friday to fallen tree branches and no power.

“The elderly lady I take care of, she usually keeps the house really warm and when I got there this morning, she was bundled up, and she was still cold,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t even make her coffee this morning. It was shower day, too, and we couldn’t get the shower on.”

Norton said she had trouble even getting out of the driveway because of the ice-covered branches that fell overnight.

“She’s got a lot of pine trees so her yard just looks like a mess,” she said. “I had to pull stuff out of the driveway just to get out.”

Fortunately, the power came back on around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Norton’s home also had no power for most of the morning.

Her daughter Julleah experienced some trouble due to the outage when she tried to do her homework but didn’t have Internet access.

“It’s been kind of crazy,” said Julleah Norton, a Vance-Granville Community College student. “I wasn’t sure if we had class or not. I went there, and when I walked in the door the power went out.”

She said the power returned at her house when she came back home.

“I went to school hoping to find power to do work and then came home and the power came back,” she said.

Due to power outages in the area, Vance County Schools closed on Friday.

The power outage at VGCC caused the college to close at 11 a.m.

In Vance County, nearly 3,000 Duke Energy customers were affected by the inclement weather that struck the region Thursday night.

Some customers were still without power Friday afternoon.

Vance County Schools, however, said it planned to go ahead and have a make-up day of school on Saturday. Schools take in at the regular times, and all will release at noon.

In Granville County, more than 6,000 Duke Energy customers were affected.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Vance and Granville counties.

The weather service cautioned drivers to be aware of dangerous driving conditions associated with the refreezing of residual snow and ice on secondary roads.

Vance and Granville county residents were discouraged from driving Friday night and Saturday morning unless absolutely necessary.

 

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