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Archive for August, 2011

Crews making progress getting the lights back on

Monday, August 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Irene finally moved out of North Carolina over night, but its effects are still being felt. As of 7 p.m., Progress Energy says 124,507 of its customers in eastern North Carolina still do not have power. That is significantly lower than the peak level of outages, which was 280,000 customers at 2 p.m. Saturday.

About 6,700 customers in New Hanover County still do not have electricity, though that is down from about 58,000 homes and business yesterday morning.

Progress Energy says Onslow County has 10,400 outages along with 4,700 in Duplin County. No other county in our area has more than 4,000 outages.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives say they’ve restored power to 43,000 of the 109,000 customers who lost service during the storm. Now that the wind has died down, crews will be better able to do their work.

Four County Electric Membership Corporation says as of 4 p.m., there are only a few scattered outages among its members. You can report outages (888) 368-7289. Four County will also keep members updated via Facebook (Four County Electric Membership Corporation) and www.fourcty.org.

Crews responded to outages as early as Friday afternoon and worked into Friday night until worsening weather conditions made it unsafe to do so.

Progress Energy expects the restoration to take several days in the hardest-hit areas. To report an outage, you can call them at (800) 419-6356.

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Wrightsville Beach residents say no erosion from Irene

Monday, August 29th, 2011

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — In the wake of Irene, beaches in our area are showing signs of erosion. Residents in Wrightsville Beach however, say the storm this weekend caused no significant damage to the sand dunes.

Jamie Mayo, a property owner in the beach town, says the dunes actually look a little bit more built up after the storm. She says compared to past storms, the damage and erosion was very minimal.

“We got lucky,” said Mayo. “We faired really well. We didn’t lose anything, no damage to the home. I think Wrightsville Beach as a whole got very lucky. North of us is not as good according to what family is telling us up north.”

Wrightsville Beach town officials say the Army Corps of Engineers is surveying damage to all of our area’s beaches today and will know more tomorrow about how Irene affected them.

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Crews find body of man who went into river during Irene

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Search crews have found the body of a man who wound up in the Northeast Cape Fear River early Saturday during Hurricane Irene. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says crews found the body of Melton Robinson, Jr., in the river just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

Robinson and two other men were at the NC Wildlife boat ramp near Castle Hayne just after midnight Saturday during the height of the storm. The two other men told investigators Robinson somehow wound up in the river. It’s not clear whether he fell or jumped. The Sheriff’s Office says the case is still under investigation.

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New Hanover will not pick up debris from Hurricane Irene

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the City of Wilmington will pick up debris. New Hanover County, however, is not going to do the same this time around. Because New Hanover does not have a waste disposal contract in place, residents will have to dispose of their debris at the landfill or contract with a company to clean it up.

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Pender schools closed Monday; New Hanover, Brunswick open

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The impact of Hurricane Irene will be felt for at least one more day in Pender County as students get an extra day off from school. Pender County Schools will be closed Monday.

The school district says the closure is because several school are still without power after Hurricane Irene, several Pender County Schools remain without power. The district expects power may be restored by Monday, but it takes several hours for district staff to fully restore school facilities for occupancy. The makeup day for students and staff will be announced at a later time.

Meanwhile, it’s back to school for students in New Hanover County and Brunswick County. Both districts will operate on normal schedules with one possible exception. In New Hanover County, there are some ongoing power issues impacting the air conditioning system at Trask Middle School. A maintenance team is working on the problem, but if they can’t fix it in time, Trask parents will be notified directly via the AlertNow calling system of any schedule changes possibly for Trask only.

Brunswick County Schools will make up the day they missed Friday on Monday, October 10.

You can see all the announced closures and delays reported to WWAY at http://www.wwaytv3.com/closings-and-delays.

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