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Both Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Frances had been downgraded to tropical storms by the time they reached western North Carolina. The article discusses how the storms affected electrical service in that part of the state.
The toll is still being counted from the massive winter storm that spread ice and snow across large areas of the North Carolina mountains January 21-22, but the damage will undoubtedly be millions of dollars. Rutherford EMC was by far the hardest hit of the cooperatives having 20,000 homes lose power at the outset.
Thousands of families across western North Carolina will remember the white Christmas of 1981 as something of a Yuletide nightmare. The severe Christmas Eve storm that covered the region in snow also piled heavy loads of ice on power lines, forcing an estimated twenty-thousand families to celebrate without electricity. Several citizens describe how they dealt with the storm and celebrated Christmas without electricity.