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The shelter in Polk County that was opened Monday night was closed Tuesday morning. The Hendersonville shelter is at 203 2nd Avenue East.
The low temperature in Asheville early Tuesday was minus 1 degree, the first time the city recorded a sub zero reading since Feb. 5, 1996 (also minus 1), according to the National Climatic Data Center. The low also broke a minimum low daily record for Jan. 7 of 3 degrees set in 1879. Tuesday's high temperature, 19, also broke the minimum high record for that date of 21 set in 1988. Gusty winds pushed wind chills to minus 25.
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Bitter cold that continues this morning prompted Madison, Yancey and Avery county schools to close again today. Some other systems, including Asheville and Buncombe, are operating on a delay.
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"We have all of our crews working trying to get customers back on as soon as we can," Progress spokesman Jason Walls said. "We certainly understand the importance of having heat in these extreme temperatures."
City officials are looking into the possibility the hydrants were vandalized.
City crews also responded to two cases in which water from fire hydrants drained onto nearby streets, quickly turning to ice. Weaver Boulevard and Founders Drive near UNC Asheville were barricaded. Also closed because of ice were Forest Hill Drive and Sherwood Road near Mission Hospital.
"The extremely low temperatures are causing our system to be overloaded," Duke spokeswoman Meghan Musgrave said. "There's such high demand for electricity now."
Asheville City and Buncombe County schools were among mountain school systems that canceled classes for a second Adidas Los Angeles Black Size 6 straight day Tuesday, and a number of others operated on delayed schedules. Henderson County Schools had to cancel classes because of power outages.
While some outages were caused by falling trees, others happened because of equipment failure.
Temperatures start to rebound today, with a high of 39 expected under sunny skies and highs in the 50s Friday through the weekend.
Duke, which owns Progress Energy, asked for voluntary conservation through today when temperatures are expected to moderate.
Duke Energy asked customers to conserve electricity as the utility battles equipment failures and power outages caused by frigid temperatures. The unusually cold weather also caused a surge in electricity demand.
The number of outages remained at 15,000 to 20,000 much of Tuesday across the area, including some 5,000 customers in Buncombe. Some of the outages had been ongoing since Monday night.
Bitter cold results in Asheville
City street division workers at the Weaver Boulevard street closure were bundled up against the cold. "We have coveralls and long johns," worker Brad Hunter said. "We're equipped. But it's darned cold. You can only stay out here so long."
coldest reading on record, according to the National Weather Service.
City of Asheville water crews responded to two cold related water main breaks, one on Sweeten Creek Road and the other on Forest Street off Hendersonville Road, water department operations manager Ivan Thomas said.
Besides Buncombe, other hard hit counties included Henderson, Transylvania and Rutherford.
"We'll be operating them as long as necessary," Red Cross spokesman John Wareham said.
Duke Energy crews work to restore power at a substation on New Salem Road in Swannanoa. In the background are snow capped mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. At right, an analog thermometer reads minus 2 degrees at an East Asheville home.(Photo: PHOTOS BY Bill Sanders,ASHEVILLE High winds and the coldest temperatures in nearly two decades Tuesday contributed to prolonged power outages and forced many area schools to close for a second straight day.
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