Most power restored after thunderstorm


From staff reports

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

More than half of Elizabeth City’s power customers were without electricity for about 45 minutes following a thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon.

Roughly 55 percent of the city of Elizabeth City’s electric customers were in the dark because of a switch malfunction at substation one, which is the city's connection to Dominion Power, City Manager Rich Olson said. It was not immediately known what caused the malfunction.

The city also had other isolated outages.

Olson said power was restored to nearly all city customers within 45 minutes of the outage.

The storm also dropped enough rain to flood several roads in low-lying areas.

Bunker Hill Road in the South Mills area of Camden County and Roanoke Avenue in Elizabeth City were listed as impassable late Tuesday afternoon due to flooding from heavy rainfall, according to Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management.