Frustration sets in as ice, rain pounds Orange County - WRBL

Frustration sets in as ice, rain pounds Orange County

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -

Frustration was running high Friday in Orange County as yet another winter storm blew through the Triangle, this time knocking out electricity across the county.

A gas station in Hillsborough was one of the few that had electricity to power its pumps.

"I've got fumes in my tank right now and in hoping to get gas but no one's moving," said driver Paige Hubbard.

"I drove all the way from Mebane to Hillsborough to find gas and barely made it," said driver Kellie Matthews.

Heavy rains created high water on the ground, but those same rains froze on tree limbs and power lines.

Darcy Richardson lost power at 4 a.m. Friday.

"I'm about to freeze to death," she said. "It's been all day like this -- a friend is coming to get me and take me to her house for the night."

Utility crews struggled in the harsh conditions to restore power. The county was hit so hard the Orange High basketball game in the East  3-A finals in Fayetteville was moved from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. And a shelter was set up Friday night at Stanford Middle School.

Until the power came back on, many had to use candles to see by and social media to share the experience.

In one neighborhood folks hoped restoring the electricity would be as simple as something  like plugging in old Christmas lights- -- but Mother Nature  wasn't going to allow that.

"Trees fall down everywhere," he said. "Maybe I go somewhere - a hotel or somewhere else."

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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