The Albemarle area held up well, receiving minimal damage from wind and rain brought by Hurricane Arthur’s outer bands as the storm swept by overnight.
The Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph made landfall on Dare County’s Outer Banks in the early morning hours today.
Currituck County Emergency Management reported that Currituck County sustained little damage from the hurricane and credited a last-minute slight shift in its path to the east with helping to limit the damage.
Officials reported some downed trees, but none that affect any roadways in Currituck. No injuries or major property damage had been reported, according to press release.
The Wright Memorial Bridge reopened and entry from Currituck County into Dare County is no longer restricted, according to the 8:30 a.m. release.
The morning of July 4 was overcast and temperatures were in the low 70s in Elizabeth City.
The traffic signal at Oak Stump Road and U.S. Highway 17 South was malfunctioning as of 10 a.m., but all Elizabeth City customers who had lost power in the night had it back by the daylight hours.
A power line pole by the Coast Guard housing on Weeksville Road — the only power line pole not destroyed by the April 25 tornadoes — caught fire and was being replaced by electrical crews this morning about 10:30 a.m., according to City Manager Rich Olson.
He said it had been the only utility pole in that area not requiring replacement in April.
“No outages (are) associated with it right now,” he noted.
Olson received word of just a total of 12 power outages in Elizabeth City from the storm.
“We just did not have that many power outages,” Olson said.
In Perquimans County, only one power outage was reported in Hertford, “and they fixed it very quickly,” Perquimans Emergency Management Coordinator Jarvis Winslow said this morning.
“I’ve been riding around in the county, and I haven’t seen any damage,” Winslow said.