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‘Widespread’ power outages remain across county

Nearly 2,400 were still without power in Rowan County at 8 p.m. Saturday.
That’s significantly lower than the 22,000 who were without power at the peak of outages caused by wintry weather that hit the area early Friday morning.
“Due to extensive damage in some areas, some citizens will experience a multiday outage. Power and utility crews must conduct comprehensive damage assessments, which have been taking place since the storm moved through the county and state,” Frank Thomason, Rowan County Emergency Services Director said in an email Saturday evening.
Duke Energy’s website estimated the latest time for restoration to be tonight at 7, but Thomason said the majority of Rowan County citizens should have power restored by 4 p.m.
Duke Energy brought in additional crews to restore outages “widespread across the county,” he said
The areas with most significant damage were addressed first, in an attempt to restore power to the most people most quickly, Thomason said.
EnergyUnited reported that as of 5:30 p.m., approximately 9,400 members of the electric cooperative remain without power, with Davidson and Davie counties the areas with the most work left to be completed and more than 85 percent of the remaining outages.
The local emergency shelter located at the Salisbury YMCA, located at 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd, in Salisbury, closed at 5 p.m. Saturday because no additional requests for assistance were made.

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