ASHEVILLE, NC – Some residents in rural areas outside Asheville are into their fourth day without electricity after a winter storm that utility officials say caused the worst damage in years. As of early Tuesday morning Progress Energy still reported about 7,600 customers in Western North Carolina without power.
The Raleigh-based utility reported about 67,000 outages at the peak of the storm over the weekend. Since the storm started on Friday the highest number of outages have been in Buncombe County. Progress Energy officials says crew members continue working around the clock to restore service.