Spring Storm Brings Power Outages, Snow, School Closings

Monday's high winds are being blamed for one death in the wake of a spring storm that downed power lines and dropped enough snow in the mountains to close several school districts.

As of last night, nearly 200-thousand utility customers were still without power as high winds toppled power lines across the state.

The Asheville Regional Airport recorded winds of 66 miles per hour. The National Weather Service says wind gusts reached 81 miles per hour at the top of Flat Top Mountain in Jackson County.

In Henderson County, the state Highway Patrol says one person was killed just before noon when a tree fell on a moving vehicle. No other details were available.

An electric company employee was injured in Edgecombe County as he tried to remove a tree of off a fallen power line. County emergency services director Butch Beach told the Rocky Mount Telegram that the worker was trying to remove the tree when a gust of wind blew it on top of him.