According to the Avery County Sheriff's Office just after 8pm on Thursday night, the Linville substation has went down and power may be out for an extended period of time. A cold weather shelter has opened at the Rock Gym in Newland.
Anyone in that area needing help or heat are advised to go to the shelter. If you need assistance, or a ride, call Avery County Dispatch at 828-733-5855.
The Avery Journal reports that the shelter may be converted to a full overnight shelter if necessary.