|Heavy Snow, Power Outages, Treacherous Travel|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Friday, 18 December 2009 14:53|
Blue Ridge electric is responding to a number of outages, mostly in the western part of Watauga and western Caldwell counties. 8am update: Fewer than 100 BREMCO customers are still without power, still in the far northwestern corner of Caldwell County between Mortimer and Bailey Camp. Some customers in the remote area inside the Pisgah National Forest have been without power for over 13 hours. Emergency Management has spent the night on stand-by, according to the Watauga Sheriff's Department, but no shelters were opened overnight. Still, travel is not recommended this morning.
6:30am update: BREMCO is still working outages in the area west of US 321 and in the Pisgah National Forest, and up to the Avery County line--outages that have lasted nearly 12 hours at this point. 10pm update--over 600 customers now without power, Watauga outages have shifted to Deep Gap and eastern part of the county. 10:25pm update:
some outages in Wilkes, total approaching 900 customers without power.
Photos by Mike Quinto--gallery at http://gallery.me.com/mikequinto/100474
Most of the Caldwell outages are in the Pisgah National Forest area bordering Avery County, with under 500 customers out at about 8:40, and the Watauga outages are in the area west of Vilas. Snow totals are approaching a foot, with Sammy Joe and Michelle Trivette reporting 11 inches in Matney.
Law enforcement has asked everyone to stay off roadways so that state and city crews can work on scraping and salting the roadways. To report a power outage to BREMCO, call 800-448-2383.
Sean Ulmer photo
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