KINSTON MAYOR: Power To Be Restored By Friday

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Kinston's mayor says his city will have power by Friday

The city says the hurricane caused the worst damage to its electrical system, exceeding even that from Hurricane Floyd.

At the height of the storm the city lost power to all of its 12,000 customers. Tuesday morning that number stands at 6,000, or 50% of the city.

Mayor B.J. Murphy says their goal is to have the major grid restored by Friday, but there will likely be isolated outages that could last two or three more weeks.

Kinston has extended its curfew indefinitely until power is fully restored to the city. That curfew runs nightly from 10:00 p.m. to sunrise.

The city says 40 crews from High Point, Kings Mountain and Gastonia are helping to restore power. They are working double shifts.

The city says ice, donated by Sanderson Farms, is being given out at Grainger Stadium while the Salvation Army is setting up four mobile kitchens in the city.

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It could be Friday before all power is restored to everyone in Kinston.

Thousands of people are without in Kinston. Major B.J. Murphy says electric crews from across the state are arriving to help out. Some neighborhoods look like war zones.

Numerous trees have fallen on power lines and homes. On Perry Park Drive a tree fell on a home while a couple was sleeping about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The couple believes the tree was about 100 years old.

They woke up to find the tree had crashed through the roof leaving a gaping hole in the their ceiling. The couple says they are staying with family in Snow Hill and they have renter's insurance.

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