RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Thousands remain without power Wednesday in the Triangle after a strong line of storms moved across central North Carolina on Tuesday.
The quick-moving storm downed trees and power lines.
Due to the power outages, Southern School of Energy and Sustainability High School, Merrick Moore and Bethesda elementary schools in Durham are closed today.
Power crews were dispatched as quickly as possible but safety for the crews was one of their biggest concerns.
The latest Duke Energy outage map shows nearly 7,000 without power in the Triangle, mostly in Durham.
"This felt like a hurricane for a while tonight," said Jeff Brooks with Duke Energy. "If the wind gets above 30 mph, we really can't raise those buckets and get out there and do the work."
Brooks said crews had their hands tied for hours while waiting for the wind to subside a bit.
"If the conditions are just not safe, we have to prioritize the safety of our crews," Brooks said. "These guys work really hard, they work in all kinds of conditions, but we want to get them home safely to their families every night, and that's our first duty."
That meant some customers would remain without power overnight.
"We're not going to stop until we get everybody back up, but some of these outages are going to take until tomorrow to restore and that's just the nature of where we are, we're still seeing new outages happening, ... and we just appreciate your patience as we get out there to get the job done," Brooks said.
Another area with a bulk of outages was along Leesville Road between Raleigh and Durham.
You can check Duke Energy Progress' Outage Map for yourself here.
The rain started early Tuesday morning and continued through the evening, but stronger storms with high winds developed in the afternoon and evening.
In the Triangle, Durham was still reported more than 4,100 without power. Wake County had more than 8,100 without power. Other areas significantly affected included Johnston County, where more than 4,300 were without power, Franklin County, where more than 2,400 remained without power, Harnett County, with more than 2,300 in the dark, Orange County with more than 2,400 with no power, and Moore County with about 2,000 outages.
Here are some tips from Ready NC on what you should do ahead of the storm before you lose power
If you lose power you should call your power company.
Numbers to call in the Triangle
Duke Energy Progressive: (800) 769-3766 (800-POWERON), or (800) 419-6356 - you can also text the word OUT to 57801
Wake Electric Membership Corporation: (919) 863-6499
PWC Fayetteville: (877) 687-7921
Where are the power outages? Here are some maps you can check for locations of current outages
If you live in Duke Energy coverage area, check this map
Stay safe! Don't do this
Anyone with branches and trees down is going to want to get it cleaned up. Power companies warn that you or anyone working for you should use caution when clearing fallen tree limbs and debris from your yard after a storm. Always assume the downed line is live.
Be mindful of debris with sharp edges, glass or nails
Wear gloves and closed shoes
Don't walk in standing water
Food in the fridge or freezer
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