Dorian’s Aftermath: WNCT’s coverage across ENC

Dorian

(WNCT) 9 On Your Side’s reporters were stationed in different areas across eastern North Carolina to bring you the latest on Dorian’s impact. Click here to watch each coverage!

Emerald Isle:

In Emerald Isle campers flipped, personal items scattered but no injuries were reported.

The town experienced some of the first signs of Dorian approaching North Carolina on Thursday.

A tornado touched down at a campground near the Bogue Inlet Pier.

Right now, cleanup is underway.

North Topsail Beach:

North Topsail Beach locals feel like they dodged a bullet.

Hours after Hurricane Dorian, the beach town saw nothing but the sun beaming down and blue skies all around.

Locals and visitors took the day to check out the conditions here at the first beach access in town.

People and dogs were walking down the shore.

Some sunbathing and enjoying the cool water by dipping in the ocean.

Others using this time to catch some bait.

And one man using a metal detector searching for probably some luck.

The waves were calm, but the water was shallow.

No damages were seen at the first beach access in town.

Many homes are still intact and the stairs to the beach were untouched.

Most sand dunes looked to be standing, however, because of Hurricane Dorian’s effects,

Some dunes were diminished.

Many people said the storm was mild.

“We lost our electric and a few branches in the yard, unlike Florence where we had trees falling out,

electric was out for weeks, and it was quite a different experience,” said Laura Blackburn, Jacksonville resident.

After Hurricane Florence, North Topsail beach was flooded and access to the island was not possible for days.

The town has worked to restore the area but is not at the condition it was before last year’s storm.

No storm clouds in the sky all afternoon.

The only active weather is the wind.

It has kept pushing the sand around, but that has not stopped people from enjoying the beach after Hurricane Dorian.

Beaufort County:

9 On Your Side traveled all throughout Beaufort County by towns like Aurora suffered major power outages and debris.

Several down power lines and uprooted trees covered the roads throughout the town.

The entire town is without power and locals say it’ll be like this for a few days.

Public works and Aurora’s volunteer fire department are working together to clear roads as soon as possible.

Town leaders say recovery after a storm is all about coming together.

“We’re going to get through it, we’ll keep pushing, we’ll work a lot a lot of hours, we’ll do everything we can to help everybody, it’s a good group of people around here,” said Frederick Bonner Jr., Director of Public Works.

Employees with public works in Aurora who have been working relentlessly trying to clear off the roads from trees.

They’ve been working hard, and are hoping to have all of that cleared by early next week.

New Bern:

The City of New Bern is already starting to clean up after Hurricane Dorian.

A strong gust of wind knocked over several tree branches and caused some flooding during the storm.

Union Point Park in New Bern along the waterfront has significant flooding.

People from the community have been out taking pictures and walking around while assessing the damage.

And in the early morning hours crews got to work sawing fallen tree branches and clearing debris out of resident’s way.

And although hurricanes create stress and anxiety one resident is looking at the positive side of things.

Many residents say they are relieved with the limited amount of damage here in Craven County especially compared to Hurricane Florence.

Crews will continue to work repairing any damages through the weekend.

Craven County

In Craven County, people experienced heavy rain and winds from Dorian.

The New Bern area saw heavy flooding during Hurricane Florence last year.

The waterfront area was completely flooded Thursday night but now that water has receded.

But there are downed trees in this area from the strong winds.

Those winds causing some minor damage to homes.

Craven county PIO Amber Parker says there are no reports of major damage and many residents are relieved.

All the shelters are closed.

The voluntary evacuation, curfew, and state of emergency notices have been lifted.

Parker says the county is working on a damage assessment.

Greenville:

In Greenville at the ECU Kappa Delta house members of the sorority are feeling the impact from Dorian.

9 On Your Side spoke with members of the house who say a loud crash, turned out to be a large tree that fell on top of one of their cars early Friday morning.

“It happened around 3 a.m.,” said Savannah Dodson, President of Kappa Delta. A couple of our girls heard it, but we never really expected it to be anything like this, so no one came out to check until this morning when we saw the damage. We’re kind of a fun-loving, easy-going group so everyone’s kind of just like op’ we’ll handle it. So, no one is too stressed. But we’re getting it worked on.”

Dodson said they are not worried at the moment and know that everything will be okay.

Kinston

Kinston Mayor Don Hardy tells 9 On Your Side that the city is very fortunate after Dorian came through the area early Friday morning.

Officials say the city experienced flash flooding, moderate debris, and power outages during the storm. 

Mayor Hardy says that there were about 38,000 power outages in the area. Power has been restored to almost all the affected residents. Hardy’s says there are less than a dozen homes left with no power. 

“I feel really Good all we need to do is clean up and we’ll be right back to where we were we’ll clean up and move forward from here and pray we don’t receive another one,” said Mayor Don Hardy, City of Kinston.

The Mayor gives credit to the cities early action when it came to storm preparations like doubling staff and working around the clock.

Hardy says that’s what helped with the quick post-storm response. 

Mayor Hardy shares with 9 On Your Side that not only did working around the clock and the cities quick response help but it was the teamwork between the different city departments that played a role as well. 

Photos of Damage Across Eastern NC:

Carteret-Craven:

The Carteret Craven Electric Co-op. and Rutherford Electric Membership Corp. said their crews have been working most of the morning to remove debris and damaged equipment from a waterspout/tornado that ripped through a mobile home park and Boardwalk RV Park in Emerald Isle, causing extensive damages to homes, vehicles, and property.

“We were fortunate to have these additional crews already here for Hurricane Dorian because that meant we had more trucks and manpower to address the damages quickly,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia.

CCEC urges people to steer clear of line crews and vehicles, to stay safe, and allow crews to work quickly and effectively to restore power.



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