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High winds lead to power outages

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Man stands next to fallen tree in Hendersonville, NC (Courtesy: Allie Moon) Man stands next to fallen tree in Hendersonville, NC (Courtesy: Allie Moon)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Duke Energy reported more than 4,000 outages in western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina on Sunday morning.

Officials said the most of the outages were in Buncombe and Henderson counties.

Officials said high winds were to blame for the majority of the outages as heavy gusts blew down trees into power lines.

Meteorologist Ted Phaeton said the mountains were under a high wind warning issued by the National Weather Center. "Mitchell, Yancey, McDowell, Buncombe and Henderson counties are all included in the warning, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday," Phaeton said. "Winds will likely be between 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 65 mph."

Phaeton said the other western North Carolina counties in our area and northernGreenville County were also under a wind advisory. "Winds could gust to 50 mph in these areas," Phaeton said.  The advisory will be in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday.

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