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Windstorm leaves 400 without power

Almost 400 Duke Energy customers were still without power yesterday following a major windstorm Wednesday evening.
Many more who were without power during the night had power restored by Thursday morning.
Still without power yesterday were parts of Tryon and Lynn and one side of Hwy. 108 in Columbus, including the McDonalds and Texaco.
No shelters were available as of yesterday afternoon for Polk residents.
Saluda, which suffered last weeks ice storm, escaped major problems from the wind. In fact, Saluda officials sent notice yesterday to Polk County Emergency Services that they had rescinded the state of emergency the city had been living under since last Friday.
Many North Carolina counties suffered large outages and Dukes estimates for restoration for some counties was not until 5 p.m. today (Friday). Duke Energy did not include estimated times for power restorations in Polk County.
Duke Energy issued the following statement on its website following Wednesdays windstorm:
“A major wind storm has affected Duke Energys customers and service area. Duke Energy crews and contractors are working diligently to restore power to customers affected by the storm.
“Estimated times of restoration indicate when the majority of outages in specific counties are expected to be restored; however, there may be scattered, isolated outages remaining beyond this time. Customers are encouraged to call 1-800
-POWERON to report outages and receive an estimated time of restoration. Restorations times can be obtained by calling 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766).”