High winds cause outages, may have flipped truck

Albemarle area counties were feeling the effects of a major nor’easter pounding the East Coast on Friday, as more than 400 power outages were reported and a tractor-trailer overturned on a bridge in Chowan County. Chowan sheriff’s officials said the tractor-trailer flipped over on the Chowan River Bridge shortly after noon. The truck’s driver was not injured. While the N.C. Highway Patrol will make the final determination of what caused the wreck, Chowan officials believed it was in due in part to strong winds on the bridge. Winds in the Elizabeth City area were blowing at 47 mph Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service said Elizabeth City would remain under a high-wind warning until 6 a.m. Saturday. City Manager Rich Olson said the winds knocked out power to approximately 300 city electric customers. At least one power pole was snapped in the wind and city officials were checking a report of a second pole being down on Foxboro Road. Elsewhere, Dominion Energy spokeswoman Janell Hancock said 11 Dominion customers in Currituck County were without power. Another five in Camden County, two in Pasquotank County and one in Chowan County were without power, Hancock said. In Edenton, Town Manager Anne-Marie Knighton said an outage was reported about 8:30 a.m., affecting an area from the American Legion Fairgrounds to Wharf Landing near the Chowan River Bridge and to Hickory Fork Road. She said approximately 80 customers were affected, but service was restored to about 25 of them by 9:15 a.m. She said service was restored to the remaining 55 customers by 11:15 a.m. She said the town’s electric department staff also installed a new pole, which tightened up power lines that had been flapping against each other in the wind. In Perquimans County, Emergency Services Director Jonathan Nixon said four outages reported by Dominion. Nixon said although a street light pole snapped on King Street, customers of Hertford’s electric utility didn’t experience any interruption of service. Perquimans County also reported that all after-school activities for Friday had been canceled. Albemarle Electric Membership Corp. spokesman Chris Powell said a few isolated and scattered outages had been reported on AEMC’s system. Those were at Hertford Beach, on Burgess and New Hope roads, and in Tyner and South Mills. According to Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders, her office received reports in Pasquotank of a street sign blowing off and hitting a car, a shed blowing into a street, downed trees blocking two roads, several downed wires and one downed pole. In Camden, there was a report of one downed tree in a roadway and one tree that fell and damaged a fence.

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