Storm winds blamed for power outages


From staff reports

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Severe winds across the area caused a number of power outages Sunday night and into Monday.

Dominion NC Power reported 16 customers were still without power on the Currituck Outer Banks as of early Monday afternoon, and crews were working to restore power.

The storm brought sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts up to 51 mph, according to Christy Saunders, emergency management coordinator for Pasquotank and Camden counties.

Mary Beth Newns, emergency management director for Currituck County, reported that a tree blew over on Perkins Lane in Coinjock, blocking the road for a few hours before being cleared by the N.C. Department of Transportation. No damage was reported in connection with that incident.

A utility pole was blown over slightly on Knotts Island and Dominion Power repaired it, according to Newns.

Crews were delayed in being able to repair a damaged utility pole in Carova Beach because of high surf, but the Carova Fire Department was able to contain the resulting fire, Newns said. Damages were limited to the utility pole itself, Newns said.

In Camden County, three major incidents occurred in about a 30-minute period around 6:30 p.m., Sunday when the peak of the storm hit. A major auto accident was reported on U.S. Highway 158 along the eastern end of the Camden Causeway (see story) resulting in injuries to two people. Also, a downed power line on N.C. 343 South near Palmer Road knocked out power for about three hours, and a house fire was reported on Mercer Avenue off Ivy Neck Road near Belcross.

A downed power line was reported at the scene of the house fire, but that was not related to the fire, according to Camden County Sheriff Kevin Jones.

No information was available Monday on the cause of the blaze. Camden fire officials referred questions about the fire to the Fire Marshal’s Office in Elizabeth City.

No wind damage was reported in Perquimans County.

Dominion NC Power reported about 950 customers without power Sunday night in Pasquotank County, Camden and Currituck. Except for the Currituck Outer Banks outage the power had been restored by Monday morning.

The City of Elizabeth City reported a few outages and also one larger outage that affected about 100 customers for roughly one hour around 3 a.m. Monday. The outage was weather-related, according to City Manager Rich Olson.