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ASHE COUNTY — About 2,000 Blue Ridge Energy customers were without power in west-central Ashe County as the result of severe storms the night of Friday, July 5, according to BRE Director of Public Relations Renee Whitener.

As of 9:45 p.m., 1,996 BRE customers — representing 9.69 percent of the total — were without power in Ashe County, compared to one customer in Watauga and one in Wilkes, according to the BRE outage map, accessed at https://bremco.maps.sienatech.com/.

By 9:50 p.m., outages on the map dropped to about 1,000.

“The storm has caused damage to the electric system in an area affecting the Creston community to West Jefferson,” Whitener said in an email. “There are numerous broken power poles and spans of line down from high winds bringing down trees on power lines.”

The number of power outages was reduced to around 100 by midnight, and the rest were taken care of overnight, according to the BRE outage map.

Showers and thunderstorms Saturday, July 6 through Monday, July 8 may produce locally heavy rain that results in flash flooding, the NWS said.

Report power outages to BRE by calling 1(800) 448-2383.

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