County fares well in ArthurPublished 9:08am Friday, July 4, 2014
Overnight from Thursday into Friday may have been filled with wind, rain and rising water, but Category 2 Hurricane Arthur left a surprisingly small wake behind it in Beaufort County.
There was zero damage to any structure and all roads were open as of 8 a.m. Friday morning, said John Pack, Beaufort County’s Emergency Management coordinator. Shelters were closed Friday morning.
The first named storm of the hurricane season formed off the coast of Florida early in the week. As it followed the Gulf Stream up the East Coast, Arthur picked up both strength and speed, coming ashore on the Outer Banks as a Category 2 hurricane.
Pack and other emergency personnel from different agencies, ranging from the Red Cross to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, monitored the storm from the emergency management office during the overnight hours. Beaufort County fared extremely well, he said.
“There was no extensive flooding. We had water rise, but we didn’t have any road that was water-locked so to speak, that we couldn’t go around it,” Pack said.
While there were a few reports of trees down in roadways, NCDOT and fire department personnel responded and cleared each quickly, he said.
Tideland EMT and Duke utilities companies announced that 864 homes were without power in Beaufort County on Friday morning. Pack said most were located in the Aurora and Blounts Creek area. The power companies assured residents that their power would be restored by 5 p.m. Friday.
Pack said he couldn’t have been more pleased with Beaufort County’s outcome.
“It went great,” he said. “This county has been through so much since January. It needed a break.”
Pack referred to several snow storms that wrought have havoc on the county, and the local school system schedule, from January until March, tornadoes on April 6 and April 25 that devastated areas from Chocowinity to Pantego, then torrential rain that flooded the City of Washington on opening night festivities of the Washington Summer Festival on June 13.