LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - Several dozen people across Lincoln County were still without power Friday following severe storms that slammed the region earlier this week.
Channel 9 reporter Ken Lemon visited residents struggling in the heat along Pressley Drive, just north of High Shoals in Lincoln County.
Duke Energy crews said roughly 43 homes in the neighborhood were still without power. Channel 9 saw power crews working feverishly to repair the outages, which were caused by numerous trees that fell during Wednesday’s storms.
Damage could be seen throughout the neighborhood.
Lemon spoke with resident Brian Withers. He said he and his 75-year-old wheelchair-bound mother have been spending the last two nights in their home without power. He said they are making the most of their situation, and heard that their power might not come back online until Sunday.
“I was excited,” Withers told Channel 9. “I was glad they showed up. I knew once they got this line up here we’ll have power, pretty much.”
Meanwhile, Tevin Ingram said his family got an email from Duke Energy that said power would be restored by 2:30 a.m. Friday.
Instead, he and his neighbors spent the day in their hot homes with no water.
People in the area are on wells. They get water with a pump powered by electricity.
"A good shower would be like the best thing ever right now," Ingram said.
Many others have gone to stay with relatives instead of staying in the heat.
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