UPDATE: Some Still Without Power Three Days After Storm

By: Dan Yesenosky/ April Davis
By: Dan Yesenosky/ April Davis

Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack tells WITN about 30-40 homes were still without power Wednesday evening after City of Washington crews got mutual aid from Greenville Utilities today to repair outages to hundreds of homes Wednesday. Pack says they are hoping to have 100% of customers with power by Thursday night or Friday. He says Springdale Mobile Home Park is one area still without power due to heavy damage from straight line winds Sunday and a gustnado nearby.

Edgecombe Martin County EMC said Thursday morning they hoped to restore power to 88 members still without power. The utility has not updated that number as of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

As of 7:00 a.m. on July 4, 2012, Edgecombe Martin County EMC had
restored power to all but 88 members.

All of the remaining members without power are located in the Grimesland Bridge Road and Sticks Road areas along Hwy 264.

Officials say they hope to have the power on by noon.

The City of New Bern and Tideland EMC restored power to all of their customers on Tuesday, while crews are still working on restoring power to those in Washington.

Tideland made the announcement first on their Facebook page. "Transmission service was restored at 2:57 a.m. Tideland immediately re-energized its substations and at this time power has been restored to all but a handful of members. Tideland crews are out working the remaining scattered outages and will have 100% system restoration later this morning." Some 9,000 customers were powerless from Sunday afternoon's storms.

WITN viewers started sharing the good news on WITN's Facebook page, thanking crews working for Tideland and Dominion Power.

There are still 500 homes in Beaufort County without power. Most of those are in Washington. Emergency Management says by later this evening they expect that number to be down to around 100 to 150.

New Bern says all of its power was restored this afternoon. At the height, some 8,000 customers didn't have electricity.

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Sunday's storms left Belhaven residents in the dark more than 24 hours.
Belhaven in Beaufort County was powerless, from its stores to its homes Monday. With the heat reaching into the 90s, residents were concerned about the situation they were left in.

"Better prepare yourself because you never know what's liable to happen. That's all I can say, is better prepare yourself," said
resident Joseph Sullivan.

Sullivan didn't let the meat in his freezer go to waste. He lit up some charcoal and cooked the thawing food on his grill.

Belhaven Police say power is expected to be back on by midnight Monday night/ Tuesday morning.

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