Hurricane knocks out power

Published 11:22 am Monday, November 2, 2020

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Nearly half of Polk remains out of power

FOOTHILLS—The foothills area saw the remnants of Hurricane Zeta on Thursday and Friday, knocking out power and internet to thousands of people. 

At press time, there were still 4,780 customers in Polk without electricity according to Duke Energy. At one point on Thursday morning, all but four Duke Power customers in Polk were without power. 

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There were also REA customers without power on Thursday. Many customers were still without power and Internet on Friday. 

The storm came early Thursday morning with high winds and rain. 

Duke Energy said the storm knocked out power to about 200,000 customers across a few states. 

In Polk County, there were several trees down which caused roads to be closed on Thursday. 

At one time during the day, Polk County officials were asking people to stay home if possible because of road closures. 

Road closures on Thursday included Highway 9 North and South; Wolverine Trail; Palmer Road; Peniel Road; Luther Durham Road; Coxe Road; Landfill Road; Golden Road; I-26 West; Mountain Laurel Drive; Sandy Plains Road; Frost Road; Fox Mountain Road and South Wilson Hill Road. 

Polk County Schools were closed both Thursday and Friday because of the wind on Thursday and the continued power outages on Friday.