Thousands of North Carolinians are without power Thursday afternoon as winter weather alerts continue throughout a lot of the state.
More than 8,700 power outages were reported statewide as of 4 p.m., down from about 12,000 outages a few hours earlier.
Many of the outages are in the Triad, with extra than 3,000 in Rockingham County and round 1,000 in Stokes County.
Granville County, north of Durham, has about 1,300 outages, based on the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Duke Energy reported 223 active outages and extra than 7,100 prospects without power as of Thursday afternoon. Most had been concentrated north of Greensboro close to the Virginia border.
The outages are far beneath Duke Energy’s prediction that as much as 1 million of its prospects may lose power in North Carolina and South Carolina as a results of the storm.
As of Thursday afternoon, the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to over 172 collisions and extra than 420 service calls, Mike Sprayberry, state director of emergency administration, mentioned throughout a 2 p.m. information convention.
“Please avoid any unnecessary travel today and tonight so that ice and downed trees can be cleared from the roads,” he mentioned.
Another potential risk comes from rain. Flash flood watches have been issued by Friday morning for components of the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina, which may see as much as 3 inches of rain.
”With rainfall anticipated this afternoon and night, there’s a critical risk for river flooding and flash flooding in the japanese half of the state,” Gov. Roy Cooper mentioned through the information convention. “This is especially true at the Tar River near Greenville and the Lumber River near Lumberton.”
Much of the state is affected by the storm.
In the Charlotte area, forecasters have warned of the potential for harmful driving circumstances. The National Weather Service mentioned Salisbury and different cities in the area noticed one-tenth of an inch of ice.
In central North Carolina, some areas noticed heavy rain and a glaze of ice. The risk of power outages continues for the Raleigh and Durham areas as forecasters predict more ice that would injury bushes and knock out power.
Parts of the Triangle and the Triad are below winter storm warnings by 7 a.m. Friday as the National Weather Service predicts overnight temperatures in the low 30s. Forecasters mentioned affected areas may see “scattered to numerous power outages.”
“Significant icing expected from freezing rain,” forecasters mentioned at about 11:30 a.m. “Total ice accumulations of one quarter to one third of an inch possible.”