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High Country Hit With Strong Winds Over Weekend (2018-10-22 15:01:14)

Strong winds impacted the High Country on Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service reports most of the area had gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Grandfather Mountain had gusts of over 100 miles per hour.

Because of severe damage from the wind, Banner Elk officials were forced to cancel the second day of the Woolly Worm Festival on Sunday.

Throughout the High Country, there were many downed trees and limbs and damage to multiple power lines and power poles.

Blue Ridge Energy line technicians had to work to restore power to nearly 4,000 members.

The electric system in Watauga County was most heavily damaged, with 32 different locations. In Ashe County, 20 locations were damaged.

Power was fully restored across the High Country by Sunday afternoon.



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