High winds cause problems for electric utilities

Wind is causing problems today for customers of Duke Energy Progress and the Pee Dee Electric Membership Corporation (EMC).

This maps shows the area where 537 Pee Dee Electric Membership customers were without power in the early afternoon hours of Sun., Mar. 30, 2014. (Pee Dee EMC image)

This maps shows the area where 537 Pee Dee Electric Membership customers were without power in the early afternoon hours of Sun., Mar. 30, 2014. (Pee Dee EMC image)

As of early this afternoon, Pee Dee EMC reported 537 customers out in one area of Montgomery County, from Mount Gilead’s eastern town limit on N.C. Hwy. 731, northeast to Capelsie and southeast to about Exway, and east to about the intersection of Hwy. 731 and U.S. 220 Alt. south of Candor.

At 1:45 p.m., Duke Energy Progress reported only one isolated outage in Montgomery County, but the utility had nearly 3,200 customers without power in an area including the south side of Norwood, down U.S. Hwy. 52 into parts of Wadesboro, and stretching west to Burnsville and Peachland. Crews expect to have that service restored by about 3:15 p.m. today.

The latest forecast information from the National Weather Service in Raleigh calls for northwest winds around 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph through this afternoon, gusts up to 35 mph this evening, then diminishing to 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

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