Power mostly restored as heat wave continues
RALEIGH (AP) — A hot day in North Carolina started out even hotter than usual as strong winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in the northern part of the state.
Duke Energy and Progress Energy crews had restored power to all but 4,000 customers by late Saturday morning.
The strong winds came from severe thunderstorms that raked the mid-Atlantic. The rains dried out before they reached the state.
All of North Carolina east of the foothills was under an excessive heat warning on Saturday. The National Weather Service expected highs to be well over 100 degrees, and the humidity to make it feel like 110 or hotter in many areas.