- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - About 245,000 customers remain without power as the Piedmont of North Carolina thaws out from a late winter storm.

Duke Energy reported 203,000 of its customers were without power Saturday afternoon after snow, sleet and up to a half-inch of ice fell in the Piedmont over the past two days. The utility reports over half of the people it serves in Alamance, Davidson and Randolph counties don’t have electricity.

North Carolina’s energy cooperatives reported almost 32,000 outages and EnergyUnited reported about 9,500 of its customers didn’t have electricity.

Utilities are still trying to access damage, but say some people will be without power through next week.

Temperatures dropped below freezing Saturday morning, creating slick spots. But forecasters say highs in the 60s this weekend should thaw things out.

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