Power Outages Across The State, 2 Killed In Wilkes County

9:47 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
  • Courtesy: Debbie Wagnor in Winston-Salem
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(Piedmont Triad) Thousands remain in the dark across the Triad from the storm. At the height of the storm, Duke Energy said on its website that most of the outages were in Forsyth County and Guilford Counties. However, there were outages in Rockingham, Alamance and Davidson Counties.

The massive storm system started in the Upper Midwest and plowed across the country, hitting Mid-Atlantic and Southern states on Thursday.

Two killed in storm:

In Wilkes County, Fire Marshal Kevin Bound confirmed to WFMY News 2 that two people died as a result of the storm when it passed through the county. One death was a firefighter.

Bounds said 36 year-old Tony Barker, a volunteer firefighter with the Mountain View Fire Department (MVFD), was electrocuted when some live power lines fell on the some property and he came into contact with them.

Barker was rushed to the hospital where he died. Barker leaves behind a wife, Jennifer, and 3-year-old son, Eli. He had worked for the MVFD for about a year and a half.

Also in Wilkes County, a tree fell on a man in the Mulberry-Fairplains Fire District killing him. Fire Chief Ricky Gambill said Maurice Kilby, 77, died when a large pine tree snapped and fell on him when he was outside his home.

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