TODAY   |  January 29, 2014

7,000 without power in North Carolina after storm

Dylan Dreyer is in Fayetteville, N.C., where thousands are without power. Sidney Hinton, CEO of electric company PowerSecure, says the company is working to restore power, focusing on facilities such as hospitals first.

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>>> 375 miles to sam's northeast and dylan dreyer in north carolina , good morning to you.

>> good morning, carson. you are going to be seeing a lot of trucks like these across the southeast through the day today. as of midnight, there are still 7,000 people without power. and joining me now is sidney ceo. they want, they need their power back on. why does it take so long sometimes?

>> dylan , utilities are prepared for these situations. they focus on powering the hospitals and community centers first and then the hand to hand combat of restoring residential customers.

>> reporter: so it's a process?

>> yes, ma'am.

>> reporter: but it's a process underway as the southeast digs out from 3 to 5 inches of snow. not much, but a record for some across the deep south . we even have reports of up to 1/2 inch of ice as far south as the shores of the gulf coast . the one good thing, though, about a snow and ice storm in the south is it doesn't take as long for temperatures to get above freezing. so naturally, a lot of this snow and ice will melt away. carson?

>> dylan dreyer, thank you. we