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Thousands still without power in New Hanover Co.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Though Irene did not cause any significant damage in our area, power outages have been a big issue in New Hanover County.

Sylvia Williams has been without electricity for three days. She says her power went out before the brunt of Irene even came through our area. tree behind her property fell onto a power line in the Kings Grant neighborhood.

“The storm wasn’t even here yet,” said Williams. “That was just the little bit of wind that we started off with.”

On Saturday 280,000 customers in North Carolina were reported to have no electricity. As of 7 p.m. Sunday about 7,000 Progress Energy customers in New Hanover County were without power.

Crews assessed damage and made repairs to power lines throughout the day. Officials with Progress Energy say they will have a better idea of predicted restoration times by Monday.

Williams says though it has been hard without electricity, she is grateful to be surrounded by family and friends.

“My family is safe and we’re together and we get to eat our dinners together because we’re cooking in a little stove that god has provided for us, so yes I’m thankful,” said Williams.

Progress Energy officials stress that everyone should steer clear of any downed power lines and that also means keeping pets inside and out of harms way.

There are still more than 120,000 Progress Energy customers with no power in North Carolina.

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