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    Blue Ridge Mountain EMC workers Bradley Nuckolls and Derrick Lovingood, both of Hayesville, repair power lines damaged by Friday's heavy, wet snowfall affecting thousands of customers. Within 80 hours, all power had been restored.

Winter weather strikes hard

Heavy snowstorm takes its toll on area power
Friday’s snowstorm was much heavier than initially predicted dumping heavy, wet snow on the area creating icy road conditions and leaving thousands of people without power in Clay and surrounding counties.
“The total affected customer count during this storm was 48,057 because some customers went off multiple times,” said  Erik Brinke, director of Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Administrative Services & External Relations. “All restoration that was possible was complete by Monday evening, a total of around 80 hours.”
In Clay County outages affected 7,665 customers, Brinke said noting that this includes duplications because some customers’ power was out more than one time.
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By Becky Long Publisher

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
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