A blast of bitter arctic wind as strong as 40 mph in some areas has left thousands across the Triangle without power on Friday morning.
The hardest hit areas in Wake County include the southern Beltline at I-40 at Southeast Raleigh with a reported 1,616 customers without power. Another outage caused by fallen trees or limbs has affected 1,587 customers in North Raleigh south of Interstate 540 as of 8.58 a.m.
In the areas in and around Durham, roughly 880 customers are currently in the dark, while another 925 customers are without power east of Pittsboro.
“Crews have begun outage restoration and will be at the ready throughout the day to make repairs as wind conditions allow,” Duke Energy said.
Temperatures will continue to fall and are expected to remain bitterly cold through the weekend.
You can call Duke Energy at 800-POWERON (800-769-3766) or text “OUT” to 57801 to report outages or fallen power lines.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
This story was originally published December 23, 2022 9:08 AM.