Waiting for the power to come back on? The wind could delay that

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Thousands of people across the Triad are without power after severe storms and flooding hit our area Thursday. Today, we're dealing with dangerous wind. WFMY's Weather Center says winds speeds in the Triad are expected to reach 40 mph, with gusts of 50 mph in some counties. 

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If you're without power, you're probably wondering when things will be back to normal. Duke Energy tells us they have crews out assessing the damage. However, a company spokesperson says dangerous conditions like flooding and strong winds could hinder crews from restoring outages in some areas. 

Approximate Number of Outages by County:

  • Guilford - 5,200
  • Forsyth - 4,400
  • Randolph - 4,100
  • Alamance - 2,100
  • Rockingham - 1,000
  • Caswell - 1,000

"As a general rule, from a safety perspective, line technicians do not operate in elevated service vehicles when wind, sustained or gusts, is at 30 mph. On the ground, crews will walk the lines and technicians will assess damages, but when winds, again, sustained or gusting, reaches 39 mph, they will not climb for elevated service," Duke Energy's Shawna Berger said.

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