High winds leave hundreds without power

Published 12:20 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Saturday’s strong winds bring down many trees in area


FOOTHILLS––On Saturday, high winds caused hundreds of power outages in the area.

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Wind speed got up to 40mph in the Landrum/Campobello area, as well as the Tryon area. On average, March wind speeds in North Carolina are typically 7.4mph.

According to a Duke Energy worker, over 200 Landrum residents were without power on Saturday morning. By 8:30 p.m. that evening, there were still at least 45 outages in the Landrum area. 

By Saturday night in the Tryon area, there were 189 outages; 229 in the Lynn/Columbus area; and 5 in the Mill Spring area.

Several trees fell in the area due to the high winds.

A worker at Henson Tree Service says they received many calls about fallen trees in Landrum, Tryon and Campobello.

He says some trees were completely uprooted, though most of the trees were rotten before they fell. 

“We cleaned roads and mostly driveways and yards,” he says. “It wasn’t too bad because the leaves aren’t on the trees yet.”

All power was restored in these areas by late Saturday night.