Frustration mounts as power outages linger
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The lights are still out in parts of our area two days after Hurricane Irene swept past the Cape Fear coast. Those without generators are beginning to get frustrated, as temperatures and tempers continue to rise.
“Because it is summer time in the South,” Matthew Jewell said. “It’s hot, man. We are all pretty ready, just like everybody else, ready to get their power turned back on.”
People, like Jewell, who live off North 21st Street near Princess Place Drive in Wilmington are no strangers to power outages. Residents say lights flicker after many storms, but to be without power for more than 60 hours is uncommon.
Folks without power are starting to worry about their pets and young children in this heat.
“We have a young baby. She’s 9 months old, and so we’re trying to make sure she’s OK,” Ryan McDonnell said. “Being in this heat all day long is rough on her.”
No power also means no refrigerator, which means tainted food.
“I have all ideas that everything is spoiled in the refrigerator and freezer,” Jewell said. “We really haven’t looked at that yet, but we’ll deal with that when the time comes.”
McDonnell said, “We’ve got baby food in the freezer. Baby food is melting. Trying to keep her milk cold when my wife is at work has been tough.”
Progress Energy was working on getting the power fixed in that area this afternoon, and officials from the power company say that there are still 1,500 customers without power in New Hanover County. That number is dwindling since Saturday, when nearly 50,000 in the county were without power.
Even though that is an improvement, folks on North 21st Street just want life to go back to normal.
“I’m just looking for a good, solid night sleep,” McDonnell said. “That would solve everything for me right now. One cold night. That would fix it.”
Progress Energy says Pender County has almost 1,100 customers without power. Brunswick County is down to about 200 in the dark.
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