Storm Damage In Beaufort County

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

Power outages in Eastern Carolina impacted thousands of residents Saturday morning after a storm ripped through the area.

While power has been restored to all customers, lights on does not mean it's back to normal for everyone. One farm in Beaufort County was seriously damaged, but family members living on Alligood Farm off Slate Stone Road say they have no complaints. Even though parts of their property were destroyed no one was injured during Saturday's storm.

While Beaufort County officials say this was the only report of damage, more then 10,000 in the area lost power for several hours Saturday morning.

John Pack with Beaufort County Emergency Management says "You can have a storm like this effect a whole lot of people without even thinking about it, it depends on where the power lines go."

According to Dominion Power, the storm wiped out a transition line in a Beaufort County wooded area that took crews several hours to fix. Rob Lowe, an electrical foreman with the City of Washington says its customers weren't as effected.

"We were lucky, it kind of hopped over our lines and broke one tap line, we were able to get ours on quick."

Unfortunately the Alligood farm wasn't as lucky, several structures on the property were destroyed. Fortunately the homes remain intact.

Pack tells WITN the National Weather Service is still trying to categorize the storm right now and determine whether or not it was a tornado.


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  • by Jo Location: Washington on Apr 13, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    This was definitely a tornado and should be classified as a tornado considering the surrounding areas had not nearly as much damage and this. Sorry but facts should be correct if they're going to be stated at all.
  • by elizabeth Location: washington on Apr 11, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    If this was the same thing that tracked over VOA rd area last night that I heard/felt...in my experience at having tornados go by overhead...the weather service should wind up classifying this as a tornado. I heard it, got up, walked to the back door. Door was being pulled outward when I opened it. Sounded like it was 2-5 miles over behind us.
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