After two hurricanes cost Duke Energy over $900 million in repair bills, the last thing the utility wanted to see was a major snow storm--but that's exactly what we got. It's estimated that some 700,000 Duke customers in the Carolinas were without power at some point during the storm.
In our area, by far the worst number of outages were in Mecklenburg County where over thousand customers who have been without electricity since Sunday are still waiting. It's now estimated that most of them will have their electric service restored by 5 PM Wednesday.
One man was killed in Charlotte when a tree fell on his car. Near Bessemer City the collapse of a horse arena left three horses dead. On Sunday 50-70 thousand dollars in damage was done to five ambulances at the Number 3 Fire Department on Blacksburg Road south of Shelby when the weight of the snow collapsed a canopy cover.
As melting snow refroze Monday night the weight crushed several free-standing carports and a mobile home on Wooded Lane off South Post Road. The man inside the mobile home was uninjured and relocated.
While the NCDOT and cities such as Lincolnton put snow removal in their budgets every year, major efforts--such as those needed for this storm--are costly.
Neither the Grinch nor the storm could stop Christmas from coming--but the storm did delay a lot the activities that had been planned.
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