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BEAUFORT — Town officials conducted a preliminary survey of damage from Hurricane Dorian early Friday and lifted the townwide curfew after determining it was safe for residents to venture out and about.

Mayor Rett Newton said Saturday the town was “on track this morning” for a speedy recovery.

“I was a little concerned (Friday night) the power outages might inspire some criminal activity,” but he said things went smoothly and the town did not have to reinstitute a curfew.

Friday afternoon, evidence of Dorian could be seen across town as residents who sheltered in place emerged from their homes to clear brush, take up downed limbs and check their property.

Spot flooding occurred in several parts of town, along with some power outages, broken fences, torn siding and plenty of vegetative debris that lined sidewalks and roadways.

“We do have some homes that lost their roofs. This is far less than what we saw with Hurricane Florence,” Mr. Newton said in an interview Friday morning. “There are trees down, there are a couple of power lines that are being looked at right now, but (damage is) far short of what we saw with Florence or (Hurricane) Matthew.”

Town staff was assessing public facilities and structures Saturday, and the mayor said he hoped to have a “thorough assessment” of that damage soon.

“There were some small leaks at the fire station … and the police station had some leaks as well, but those are all easily recoverable,” he said Saturday morning.

Police responded to several calls Thursday night, but Mr. Newton said the brunt of the storm was largely uneventful for first responders, who sheltered around 3:20 a.m. Friday as conditions became dangerous.  

County officials have said there have been no reports of death or injury in Carteret County related to the storm thus far.

Mr. Newton also expressed concern about reports of flooding in the Down East area, particularly Ocracoke.

The barrier island, reachable by ferry, was inundated by Dorian, with residents rescued from their homes after reports that 8 feet of storm surge overwhelmed structures.

For Beaufort, the mayor said Saturday he doesn’t have any ongoing safety concerns.

“We’re ready to get our residents back, get our business back and operating, get our students back and get them in school,” he told the News-Times.

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

 

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BEAUFORT — Beaufort officials conducted a preliminary survey of damage from Hurricane Dorian early Friday and have lifted the townwide curfew.

The announcement followed a noon meeting with town management and first responders.  

“We’re still doing our damage assessment … I’m not seeing any flooding right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there, just that I haven’t seen it,” Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton previously told the News-Times.

“…We don’t have any particular safety concerns that I’m aware of (at this time),” the mayor said, noting Duke Energy crew are also on the ground scoping out damage.

As of noon Friday, about 17,000 Duke Energy customers were without power countywide. That's in addition to the approximately 20,000 Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative members without power. Both utility companies said Friday morning they are sending out crews as conditions improve to assess damage and begin making repairs.

Mayor Newtown said while the police chief had a “couple” calls for help Thursday night into Friday, first responders sheltered around 3:20 a.m. as conditions became dangerous.

County officials said earlier Friday morning there had been no reports of death or injury in Carteret County related to the storm thus far.

In Beaufort, officials report some damage, but said it was less widespread than in storms past.

“We do have some homes that lost their roofs. This is far less than what we saw with Hurricane Florence,” Mr. Newton said. “There are trees down, there are a couple of power lines that are being looked at right now, but (damage is) far short of what we saw with Florence or (Hurricane) Matthew.”

The mayor also expressed concern about reports of flooding in the Down East area, particularly Cedar Island.

The News-Times is working to gather more information on damage from Dorian to unincorporated Down East at this time.

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

 

 

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BEAUFORT — Beaufort officials continue to survey for damage from Hurricane Dorian and asked residents to remain sheltered Friday morning.

“We’re still doing our damage assessment … I’m not seeing any flooding right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there, just that I haven’t seen it,” Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton told the News-Times around 11:35 a.m.

The town and first responders will meet at noon to get status updates and discuss rolling back the townwide curfew, which remains in effect.

“We don’t have any particular safety concerns that I’m aware of (at this time),” the mayor said, noting Duke Energy crew are also on the ground scoping out damage.

As of noon Friday, about 17,000 Duke Energy customers were without power countywide. That's in addition to the approximately 20,000 Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative members without power. Both utility companies said Friday morning they are sending out crews as conditions improve to assess damage and begin making repairs.

Mayor Newtown said while the police chief had a “couple” calls for help Thursday night into Friday, first responders sheltered around 3:20 a.m. as conditions became dangerous.

County officials said earlier Friday morning there had been no reports of death or injury in Carteret County related to the storm thus far.

In Beaufort, officials report some damage, but said it was less widespread than in storms past.

“We do have some homes that lost their roofs. This is far less than what we saw with Hurricane Florence,” Mr. Newton said. “There are trees down, there are a couple of power lines that are being looked at right now, but (damage is) far short of what we saw with Florence or (Hurricane) Matthew.”

The mayor also expressed concern about reports of flooding in the Down East area, particularly Cedar Island.

The News-Times is working to gather more information on damage from Dorian to unincorporated Down East at this time.

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

 

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