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Power outages continue in Upstate and western North Carolina

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The winter weather led to problems on the roads and downed power lines, which left many without power Friday and into Saturday morning.

Duke Energy was reporting several hundred outages in the Carolinas as of 6:30 a.m. Greenville County was hardest hit. 

Below is the breakdown:

  • Anderson: 64
  • Greenville: 10,376
  • Spartanburg: 352
  • Buncombe: 264
  • Pickens: 2
  • Asheville: 212
  • Western North Carolina (not including Asheville): 754

Duke Energy was experiencing problems Friday night with its outage reporting system, according to its website. Customers were asked to continue to try and report outages. 

Click here to see Duke Energy’s Outage Map with details about current outages and restoration times.

Ryan Mosier, a spokesperson for Duke Energy said the Travelers Rest area was seeing the most outages Friday morning.

Blue Ridge Electric reported the following number of outages per county just before noon. on Saturday:

  • Anderson: 13
  • Greenville: 491
  • Oconee: 330
  • Pickens: 2,210

Officials warn that as more ice forms on power lines and trees, the more likely they are to fall and cause outages.

“We have seen outage numbers increase in portions of eastern North and South Carolina throughout the day,” Bobby Simpson, Duke Energy’s storm director, said in a statement. “Just as the type of precipitation has been unpredictable, so is the path of the storm.”

About 3,200 Duke Energy employees and contractors, along with 3,600 personnel restored more than 20,000 power to customers. However, Duke Energy officials said the number of outages continue to rise. 

Do not go near or drive across any downed power lines if you come across them. Stop and call 911.

Click here for information on reporting a power outage.

N.C. Department of Transportation officials reported that interstates, primary and secondary roads were covered with snow or ice in parts of Henderson, Haywood, Rutherford, Yancey, Madison, Polk, Transylvania, and Buncombe Counties.

NC drivers can click here for current conditions

In Upstate South Carolina, troopers were reporting several downed trees and downed power lines across the area. Roads in much of the Upstate were wet or slushy Friday morning. Conditions worsened as temperatures dropped.

SCDOT said they were treating interstates with priority, but icy conditions still remain on all Upstate roads. 

Drivers in the Upstate can click here to see the SC Highway Patrol’s real-time list of incidents.

Drivers can also click here to see the latest road alerts from the SCDOT

Also get real-time interstate conditions from our traffic page.

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