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      Heavy rain and strong winds cause mess in NC

      flooding in Asheville, N.C. courtesy of WLOS

      RALEIGH, N.C. - A winter storm system brought high winds and heavy rains that sparked some flooding in North Carolina.

      More than 13,000 customers were still without electric service early Thursday.

      A Charlotte television reporter was hurt when she was struck by a vehicle during a wreck Wednesday night. News 14 Carolina News Director Jim Newman said reporter Caroline Vandergriff was in stable condition in a Charlotte hospital.

      A tornado watches and wind advisory expired in eastern North Carolina early Thursday.

      Flooding occurred in the western mountains.

      Duke Energy reported more than 10,000 people without service, most in Jackson County in western North Carolina.

      Progress Energy reported nearly 3,000 without service. The biggest problem was in the Kinston area.

      Dominion reported nearly 600 customers without service in the northeastern corner of the state.