High Winds and Bad Weather Knock out Power in North Carolina and Virginia

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12 (UPI) — Residents of parts of North Carolina and Virginia were without power Thursday as a fall storm hammered the East Coast with high winds, utility companies said.

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer said thousands of Duke Energy costumers lost power Thursday morning as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought strong winds and rain to the Charlotte area.

Wind gusts of 70 mph were also blamed for several downed trees that resulted in four major North Carolina thoroughfares becoming blocked.

While Duke Energy said crews have restored power to most residents, other customers are still reporting power outages amid the stormy conditions.

The Newport News (Va.) Daily Press said 24,777 Dominion Virginia Power customers lost power Thursday morning due to wind-driven rains.

The utility company said 9,411 of the reported outages occurred in Southeastern Virginia, while more than 8,500 outages were reported in and around Richmond, Va.

The nor’easter hitting the Eastern United States combined with what was left of one-time Hurricane Ida, the ninth tropical storm and third hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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