Winter Storm Glazes Over Roads and Knocks Out Power For Thousands of North Carolinians

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Last night’s winter storm is now wreaking havoc all across the Carolinas, with strong winds, freezing rain, and icy roads causing power outages and accidents all across our state.

According to Duke Energy, there are now over 16,000 households in the Carolinas without power.

The ice accumulation caused a heavy buildup on power lines and tree lines which knocked out power in many areas around the Charlotte region.

 

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Most of the ice is expected to melt today, but tonight we will likely see more rain and sub-freezing temperatures across our state.

To prepare your car, top off all your fluids, especially your oilpower steering fluid, and antifreeze. You’ll also want to check your tires and make sure your air pressure is over 32 PSI.

To prepare your home, make sure to drain all fountains and exterior water fixtures. Always let at least one of your faucets drip to avoid freezing pipes. Consider buying a humidifier if you’re sensitive to dry air. If you have an older home with older windows, investing in some shrink film insulation will save you a ton on your heating bill.

To prepare yourself, buy some thermal gloves, a warm hat, and a winter jacket. If you’re going to spend any length of time outside, you may even want to consider buying an electric heating jacket.

If you have a pet – make sure to read our article about how to keep your furry friend warm!

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