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Michael's winds peel back roof, push storm surge into biz

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An unidentified man works to repair the roof of a mobile home at Lot 6 at Hickory Village mobile home park Friday afternoon. Winds from Tropical Storm Michael peeled back the home's metal roof early Friday morning, exposing the interior. No injuries were reported.

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From staff reports

Friday, October 12, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael brushed past the Albemarle Thursday night and early Friday morning, pushing storm surge into waterfront businesses, knocking out power to more than 450 customers, and peeling back the roof of a mobile home in Elizabeth City.

Christy Saunders, emergency management coordinator for Pasquotank and Camden counties, said the Elizabeth City area did not get the direct impact that had been forecast, because the storm moved somewhat to the west as it passed by.

Even so, strong winds from the storm peeled back the metal roof of a mobile home at the Hickory Village mobile home park on River Road, leaving the interior exposed.

“Thankfully the rain had passed so damage appeared to be limited to the roof,” Saunders said. “There were no injuries and the family was able to stay in their home.”

The roof damage was reported around 1:30 a.m. Friday. No injuries were reported. City Manager Rich Olson said Friday that the home’s occupants were able to stay at a relative’s home the remainder of the night.

People on the property at Lot 6 at Hickory Village on Friday declined to comment about the damage.

Saunders said multiple roads in the county were flooded as a result of the storm.

“Several homes reported water in their garages but we did not receive any reports of flooding in homes,” Saunders said. “There were some businesses along the waterfront that received flooding but I do not know the extent of damage.”

Olson said Friday that the city Fire Department used a high-clearance vehicle to rescue two families after flood waters near their homes rose to between two and three feet. One of the rescues was on Hunter Street, the other on Dawson Street, he said. The rescued residents were taken to the homes of family members who lived nearby, he said.

Greg Edwards of Dominion NC Power said the utility had about 200 customers without power in the Elizabeth City region Friday afternoon, down from a peak outage of nearly 300. There were 139 customers without power in Grandy, which was the biggest concentration of outages in the area, Edwards said.

Dominion crews have been working hard to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, according to Edwards.

Albemarle Electric Membership Corp. reported 12 outages that affected 150 members in Perquimans, Pasquotank, Chowan and Camden counties. The majority of the outages were caused by tree limbs falling on lines.

Power was restored to all Albemarle EMC members by Friday morning.

The cooperative’s weather stations recorded wind speeds of 46 mph in Camden, 43 mph in Perquimans and 37 mph in Chowan.

Elizabeth City officials had one reported outage — at part of Hickory Village early Friday. Power was quickly restored to the park, officials said.

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