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Archive for August, 2011

Thousands still without power in New Hanover Co.

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Though Irene did not cause any significant damage in our area, power outages have been a big issue in New Hanover County.

Sylvia Williams has been without electricity for three days. She says her power went out before the brunt of Irene even came through our area. tree behind her property fell onto a power line in the Kings Grant neighborhood.

“The storm wasn’t even here yet,” said Williams. “That was just the little bit of wind that we started off with.”

On Saturday 280,000 customers in North Carolina were reported to have no electricity. As of 7 p.m. Sunday about 7,000 Progress Energy customers in New Hanover County were without power.

Crews assessed damage and made repairs to power lines throughout the day. Officials with Progress Energy say they will have a better idea of predicted restoration times by Monday.

Williams says though it has been hard without electricity, she is grateful to be surrounded by family and friends.

“My family is safe and we’re together and we get to eat our dinners together because we’re cooking in a little stove that god has provided for us, so yes I’m thankful,” said Williams.

Progress Energy officials stress that everyone should steer clear of any downed power lines and that also means keeping pets inside and out of harms way.

There are still more than 120,000 Progress Energy customers with no power in North Carolina.

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Cape Fear region post-hurricane updates: Flood warning in effect for Northeast Cape Fear River

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

A flood warning is in effect for the Northeast Cape Fear River near Burgaw, according to the National Weather Service.

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Four County EMC outage update

Sunday, August 28th, 2011


Four County EMC Reports Most Power Outages Restored

BURGAW, NC – 4:00 p.m. – August 28 – Four County Electric Membership Corporation reports a small amount of scattered individual outages remaining. Crews will continue to work until every member’s power is restored.

Four County EMC thanks their members for their patience and cooperation during the storm. If any further outages should arise, please report them to 1-888-368-7289.

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Reopening of the Cape Fear River

Sunday, August 28th, 2011


(New Hanover County) –Port Condition Zulu has been lifted for the Cape Fear River. All navigable waters within the Port of Wilmington are now open to vessel traffic, including the Cape Fear River Entrance Channel.

All mariners are reminded to proceed with extreme caution due to the potential for shoaling and unmarked hazards. Please report any hazardous conditions to the nearest Coast Guard unit.A Safety Zone prohibiting vessels movement and activities unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port remains for all other coastal waters of North Carolina.

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STORMTRACK 3: Irene finally exits the area; storm eyes the Northeast

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The eye of Irene is heading up the East Coast now, rapidly exiting North Carolina. This comes after high wind and heavy rain stubbornly stuck around our region well into Saturday evening. The storm made landfall at Cape Lookout around 8:00 Saturday morning as a Category 1 storm and continues to move toward the Northeast.

Conditions slowly but surely improved as we moved through Saturday afternoon, with high winds and heavy rain eventually relaxing. Earlier Saturday, winds over 70 mph battered the coast at times – near hurricane force conditions. 

Widespread power outages were reported as a result of the high winds. The heavy rains led to localized flooding in many communities as well.

Hurricane Warnings have expired across the area.

After a stormy Friday and Saturday, we’ve got a well-deserved sunny Sunday to look forward to.

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