July 10, 2008

Duke Energy Restores Power to Thousands Cut Off By Storms

By Winston-Salem Journal, N.C.

Jul. 10--Duke Energy Corp. restored power last night to most of its customers in Forsyth and Guilford counties after fast-moving thunderstorms knocked out electricity to nearly 10,000 homes and business in the two counties yesterday afternoon. There were no reports of injuries.

At the storm's peak, more than 1,700 customers of Duke Energy in Forsyth County and nearly 8,300 customers in Guilford County were without power late yesterday afternoon. By 8 p.m., only 74 customers in Forsyth and 182 in Guilford were still without power, according to Duke Energy's Web site.

The National Weather Service warned earlier yesterday that the storms could contain high winds and produce lightning. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph toppled trees throughout the region.

Warm, moist air combined with an upper-level disturbance in the mid-Atlantic region to produce the scattered showers and thunderstorms across North Carolina, said Brandon Dunston, a meteorologist for the weather service in Raleigh.

A disturbance in the upper atmosphere causes clouds and rainfall.

Weather-service officials had reports that multiple trees fell down along U.S. 158 and Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons just after 3 p.m.

There were also reports of trees and power lines down along N.C. 67 in the Tobaccoville area of northwestern Forsyth County.

Dispatchers with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said that there were also reports of trees down around Pfafftown and Stanleyville. A tree landed on a house off Kilkee Court in northwestern Forsyth.

The weather service issued a severe-thunderstorm watch for most of central North Carolina that lasted until 10 p.m. There is chance of storms in the region today and Friday.


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