Nearly 1.8 Million Customers in Carolinas Still Powerless in Wake of Storm
Thursday: Workers use tow trucks to upright an overturned propane gas truck in Salisbury, Md.
RALEIGH, N.C. â€” Despite round-the-clock repair efforts, nearly 1.8 million customers remained without electricity Friday in the Carolinas as ice-laden branches continued to fell power lines.
The icy aftermath of the storm Wednesday and Thursday â€” which many in the Carolinas compared to recent hurricanes for its scale of destruction â€” proved worse than the storm itself. And across the East Coast, snow and ice snarled air travel and kept children home from school.
Friday brought warmer temperatures in the eastern United States, but utilities struggled to make progress as nighttime temperatures dropped to around freezing.
Carolina Power & Light, which reported 350,000 customers without power Thursday night, had 411,000 in the dark Friday morning.