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This information from a news release sent to the WWAY News Channel 3 newsroom.

BURGAW, N.C. -– 11:00 a.m. — Four County Electric Membership Corporation is reporting approximately 10,000 customers without power as of 11:00 a.m. this morning as high winds have caused scattered outages throughout the entire system.

Four County EMC linemen are investigating and responding to restore power as quickly as possible. Please report outages to 1-888-368-7289. Four County will also keep members updated via Facebook (Four County Electric Membership Corporation) and www.fourcty.org.

Downed power lines can still be energized! Stay away for your safety. Also, stay away from trees or branches that are touching power lines. Trees touching power lines can act as conductors and deliver an electric shock, causing injury to those who come in contact. If you see a downed line, call your electric utility or 911 immediately.

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