Blue Ridge Energy crews continue power restoration work after battling high winds and downed trees throughout Monday night that led to outages from line damage in multiple locations across the service area.  

Watauga County was hardest hit, at one time 16 different locations where damage left more than a thousand customers without power in the areas of Shulls Mill, Yonahlossee and Poplar Grove Road. Outages were being address in Ashe, Alleghany and Caldwell Counties as well. System-wide, some 2500 customers were without power through Monday night. As of 11:30 am Tuesday, 829 customers were without power across the Blue Ridge Energy service area. Members should report outages to the Blue Ridge Energy PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383. Or, report it directly using the Blue Ridge mobile app, available for free in app stores.

Watauga, Avery and Caldwell County schools were on a two-hour delay Tuesday morning.

The Blue Ridge Parkway remains closed through today. The Parkway announced Monday afternoon that the scenic roadway would be closed from Milepost 165, at VA State Route 8, south through North Carolina to Milepost 469, at Cherokee. The closure includes all vehicular traffic and well as bicycles and hiking.

The US Forest Service also closed campgrounds and recreation areas in the Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie National Forests. Most areas should be reopened by Thursday.