The Latest: More than 33,000 without power after storms

The Latest on severe spring weather (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Utility workers are heading to a North Carolina city to begin efforts to restore power one day after a tornado brought significant damage.

Gov. Roy Cooper said there were 33,465 Duke Energy customers without power Monday afternoon, and of those, 21,000 were in Guilford County.

Davis Montgomery, a Duke Energy engineer, told a news conference that restoration efforts would be hard because some locations aren't very accessible and taking a heavy truck to some locations would be difficult.

Montgomery said around 950 crew members will be in Guilford County by Tuesday to continue power restoration efforts.

The National Weather Service said a tornado hit the city of Greensboro on Sunday and killed one person.


3:33 p.m.

A North Carolina school system is canceling classes for a second day because of damages caused by a tornado.

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras told a news conference Monday that three schools severely damaged by Sunday's storm will be relocating its classes. Contreras said those schools will not hold classes for the rest of the year.

In addition, Contreras said 16 schools in the system are without electricity. Alternate locations will be set up for students who depend on the schools for their meals.

Gov. Roy Cooper said people should be grateful that the storm occurred on Sunday when school was not in session.


2 p.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes touched down during a severe weather outbreak in the Carolinas.

In North Carolina, the weather service office in Raleigh said Monday that a tornado hit Greensboro, carrying maximum winds of 135 mph with a path that was at least 300 yards (274 meters) wide.

One person died in Sunday's storm, and thousands were left without power because of fallen trees and downed power lines and utility poles. The damage forced officials to cancel classes at all schools in Guilford County.

The weather service in South Carolina said tornadoes also hit Lexington and Irmo, but no serious injuries were reported.


1 p.m.

Two tornadoes were confirmed in central South Carolina as storms swept across the state.

The National Weather Service said Monday tornadoes touched down in the towns of Lexington and Irmo, west and northwest of Columbia.

More than a dozen homes were damaged as trees and power lines fell, blocking roads in many cases.

No serious injuries were reported in South Carolina.

By early Monday afternoon, more than 4,000 electric customers were still without service. Duke Energy reported about 2,100 customers without service, most in Lancaster and Fairfield Counties.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had nearly 2,000 customers without service, almost all were in Lexington and Richland counties.


9:07 a.m.

More than 50,000 customers are without electricity after storms swept through North and South Carolina, with at least one person dead.

Police said 48-year-old Anthony George of Greensboro was killed about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when a tree fell on his car.

Guilford County schools were closed Monday because of damage.

Duke Energy reported about 37,000 customers without power in North Carolina. The biggest problems were in Guilford and Mecklenburg counties.

Electric cooperatives in North Carolina had about 4,500 customers without service Monday. Burke County had about half of those outages.

Duke had about 2,300 customers without service in South Carolina. About 700 customers were without service in Lancaster County.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had about 3,200 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Lexington and Richland counties.