So, why has it been so cold? That's a question on many minds right now.
Cold weather is not unusual for this time of year in southeastern North Carolina, however, the recent outbreaks of cold weather have been unusually harsh with another batch of arctic air on the way later this week.
About 78,000 customers remain without power as North Carolina continues to recover from a winter storm that dumped snow, sleet and up to a half-inch of ice in some areas.
Duke Energy is bracing for a rare coastal ice storm that is forecast to hit eastern North Carolina and South Carolina Tuesday. Duke Energy’s team of meteorologists continues to monitor the system. Line technicians, service crews and other personnel are available throughout the company’s service areas and are ready to respond to outages and emergencies, if they occur.
Keeping you safe during the snowstorm and other weather events is not free. Counties have to pay for the equipment, materials, and of course the man power. Often times people don't stop and think what something may cost when they are in a time of need. The fact is that the emergency services used this past week cost money and can affect a county's budget.