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Winter Storm Diego: Over 200,000 Without Power in North Carolina

Winter Storm Diego continues to pound the Southeast over the weekend – resulting in power outages, closures and cancellations. 

As of late Sunday morning, over 200,000 people were without power in North Carolina, according to a Weather Channel report.

South Carolina was also hit hard with power outages, with nearly 90,000 people affected. In Georgia, 23,000 people were without power; 30,000 in Tennessee and 10,000 in Virginia. 

Hundreds of churches canceled Sunday services, and around 30 schools are expected to be closed Monday. 

North Carolina School Closures:

Alamance Burlington Schools

Carolina Career College

Carter Community School 

Caswell County Schools

Central Park School/Durham

Chapel Hill/Carr Schools

Chatham County Schools

Durham Public Schools

East Wake Academy 

Endeavor Charter School 

For a full list of closures, click here

Highways across the state also experienced the effects of heavy winter storms. 

Interstate 26 was closed in both directions overnight Saturday due to several semitractors trailers stuck in the roadway. The highway didn't reopen until around 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper spoke at a news conference Sunday and said part of U.S. 70 was closed after a semitrailer truck ran off the road and into the Neuse River near Kinston.

As of late Sunday morning, North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to over 500 collisions and over 1,000 service calls across the state, according to an AccuWeather report

Officials have asked people to stay off the roads until conditions improve. 

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