Counties in the Albemarle region this morning are under adverse weather conditions, with state officials saying the main roads are covered with ice and snow.
All local public schools in the region are closed today, but Elizabeth City State University officials on the ECSU web site advise that plans to start classes at 10 a.m. Bedell Cafeteria will be serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
A Mid-Atlantic University official also said plans are to open MACU at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, College of The Albemarle is closed today, spokeswoman Lisa Johnson announced.
In Hertford, police chief Douglas Freeman said there were no major accidents or incidents to report.
The N.C. Department of Transportation did a great job clearing U.S. Highway 17, including the pair of high-rise bridges over the Perquimans River, Freeman said.
The “S” bridge is clear, along with some of the more frequently traveled secondary roads in town, he said. He said the less-traveled local streets still show accumulations of ice and snow, but he said he had not seen any streets he would consider to be impassable.
Isolated overnight power outages near Shiloh in Camden County were reported. Also, Albemarle Electric Membership Corp. reported an outage in Weeksville Tuesday night that started around 10 p.m. when a limb fell on a Dominion line that fed one of AEMC's delivery points. Power was restored by 1:39 a.m. About 650 meters were affected.
At Albemarle Hospital, spokesman Patrick Detwiler said the hospital is fully staffed and the situation is business as usual.
Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders said her reports show 14 weather-related accidents, but that there was nothing major and that there were no injuries. Saunders said that most of the reports were of vehicles sliding into ditches.
Currituck Sheriff Susan Johnson said her county has been accident free, with the exception of a couple of vehicles sliding off roadways. Johnson said there were no injuries.
Elizabeth City City Manager Rich Olson advised that there will be a two-hour opening delay at the municipal offices for non-essential employees. Offices will open at 10 a.m.
Olson advised there have been no reports of power outages in the city and police said there have been no reports of any serious accidents.
In Camden County, Manager Mike Renshaw said the county’s offices are closed to all but essential and public safety personnel.
In Currituck County, officials will be operating on a two-hour day, with offices to open at 10 a.m. Currituck officials also said Superior Court will be closed all day today.
Currituck Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Rob Glover said there have been no serious accidents.
At the Highway Patrol’s Elizabeth City office, Sgt. E.J. Forbes said there were reports of approximately eight wrecks since Tuesday, but they appeared to be property damage only, with one involving minor injuries.
As of 8 a.m., the Weather Channel was reporting that the temperature in Elizabeth City was 17 degrees, but with the wind chill factor, the temperature feels like zero.
The temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s throughout the morning, but only feel like anywhere from 4 to 8 degrees.
According to the Weather Channel, Elizabeth City received approximately 0.21 inch of precipitation and 2.8 inches of snow in the 24 hours prior to 7 a.m.
On the Outer Banks, Dominion Power spokeswoman Bonita Harris there was an outage affecting a transmission line in Kitty Hawk shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
This left nearly 10,500 customers out of power and also locked out the delivery point to Cape Hatteras, Harris said.
The total number of customers who lost power exceeded 18,300, but Dominion crews got the lights back on by 11:25 p.m., Harris said. She said the exact cause of the outage remains under investigation.