About 2,600 Duke Energy customers in Wilkes County were still without electricity at 9 p.m. Tuesday after strong wind felled trees and resulted in power line damage a few hours earlier. The company’s outages in Wilkes peaked at about 3,600 late Tuesday afternoon.
The outages began about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the N.C. 268 East area just east of North Wilkesboro, Roaring River, Mulberry, Hays and Traphill. There were numerous trees and limbs on roadways, including N.C. 268 East, River Road/Liberty Grove Road, Flint Hill Road, Walt Brewer Road and other roads in these areas.
There also were trees on Oak Grove Church Road, Mountain Valley Church Road and elsewhere in Millers Creek.
The Roaring River, Mountain View, Knotville, Mulberry-Fairplains, Cricket and Millers Creek fire departments responded to remove trees from roadways and for traffic control.
A Duke Energy website estimated that electricity would be restored by 3 a.m. Wednesday. The website said damage at 10 different locations caused the outages. By 9 p.m., outages from damage at eight locations was cited on the website.
Duke Energy has about 29,403 customers in Wilkes.