RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The latest on effects of a massive snowstorm that hit the Carolinas hard before moving north up the East Coast (all times local):
More details have been released about an elderly couple in Greenville, South Carolina, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning during the massive winter snow storm.
Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said in an email that 86-year-old Ruby Bell and her husband, 87-year-old Robert Bell, appear to have died Friday night and were found by their son the next day. They had been married for more than 67 years.
The coroner’s office released a statement saying the couple lost power on Friday morning and had set up a generator in their garage.
Their son came to the house Saturday morning after not being able to contact them and found the garage door was closed. The coroner’s office said the son found a strong odor of gasoline exhaust in the house.
The deaths were ruled accidental.
The number of customers without electricity has shrunk in North Carolina.
Duke Energy reports that as of Sunday afternoon, about 28,000 customers were without power - a fraction of the outages at the storm’s peak.
Separately, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives said they had restored power to all 25,000 of their customers who lost power at the storm’s peak.
In South Carolina, Duke Energy said fewer than 100 of its customers were without power.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory urged residents to remain cautious while thanking utility workers, law enforcement, the National Guard and other emergency workers.
A news release from the governor’s office said the State Highway Patrol responded to more than 4,600 calls for assistance and investigated more than 2,400 crashes since the storm began.
Charlotte’s airport announced that its runways were clear and it had resumed normal operations by Sunday.
However, school remained canceled for students in numerous areas around North Carolina, including the systems surrounding Raleigh and Charlotte.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a pedestrian has been killed in a weather-related crash.
An emailed news release said the crash happened Saturday afternoon in Greenville County. The patrol says a 44-year-old man was walking along the road when a vehicle hit a frozen area and struck him.
From early Friday morning through Saturday night, the patrol responded to 541 crashes, assisted 241 motorists and responded to 110 calls about trees or powerlines in the road.
The patrol said it has resumed normal operations after the storm.
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