Thousands without power in Carolinas due to high winds, officials say


UPDATE: According to the Duke Energy outage map, there are approximately 11,823 customers without power in the Carolinas. There are about 290 active outages in South Carolina.

(WSPA) – Duke Energy officials said high winds are causing multiple power outages throughout the Upstate, as well as parts of Western North Carolina.

According to Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks, there were approximately 33,000 outages between North Carolina and South Carolina, with 13,000 in South Carolina alone.

Brooks said customers can expect to see a climb in outages throughout the evening due to straight line winds.

Haywood County EMC offiicals said a large oak tree fell in Clyde and took several spans of high voltage transmission lines and breaking several insulators.

“The downed transmission lines supply power to Haywood EMC’s Clyde and Jonathan creek substations where the voltage is stepped down to supply electricity to the communities of: Ironduff, Crabtree, Thickety, Midway, Beaverdam, Upper J-Creek, Lower J-Creek; as well as parts of Maggie Valley, Cove Creek and White Oak.”

“While work crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, the damage has happened in an area inaccessible to bucket trucks and therefore metal transmission poles will have to be climbed with conductors and insulators being repaired and/or replaced without the aid of aerial devices. This being done after the removal of the tree. Therefore, Haywood EMC doesn’t anticipate full power restoration before sometime in the early morning hours of tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th. “

The following are the number of power outages in each county being reported by Duke Energy:

  • Greenville: 5,596
  • Spartanburg: 1,425
  • Oconee: 399
  • Henderson: 1,987
  • Macon: 1,297
  • Buncombe: 1,253
  • McDowell: 1,226
  • Rutherford:1,025

Laurens Electric is reporting approximately 2,569 customers are without service in Greenville County.

A total number of 2,569 Laurens Electric customers are without power in the Upstate.

Blue Ridge Co-Op is reporting several hundred outages as well, including 890 outages in the Upstate.

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