More than 360,000 remain without power in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 360,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina are without power as the state's Piedmont region thaws out from a winter storm.

Duke Energy says 282,000 of its customers were without electricity this morning after snow, sleet and up to a half-inch of ice coated the area over the past two days. The utility reports over three-quarters of the people it serves in Alamance, Davidson and Randolph counties don't have electricity.

North Carolina's energy cooperatives reported more than 62,000 outages and EnergyUnited reported about 17,000 of its customers were without power.

The utilities say some people will be without power through next week.

Temperatures dropped below freezing this morning, but forecasters say highs in the 60s this weekend should thaw things out.

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