Dodging Dorian’s worst: Storm brings scattered power outages, a few downed trees

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Wilson escaped major damage from Hurricane Dorian as it swept through the state late Thursday and early Friday.

“From all accounts, it appears Wilson County received no major damage from Dorian,” said Gordon Deno, Wilson County Emergency Management director, adding that no injuries were reported.

“Thank you to all of our community partners for your assistance. Thanks to our citizens for your cooperation and patience. Together, we can make a difference.”

Dorian’s rain bands exited central North Carolina on Friday. All watches and warnings were canceled and Friday afternoon brought bright sunshine.

Deno said dry weather is expected for the weekend.

“Be careful out there if you need to do any cleanup work, as it will be hot this weekend with highs in the upper 80s to around 90,” Deno said. “Be sure to take plenty of breaks and drink lots of water.”

Wilson Energy had scattered power outages overnight Thursday, according to city of Wilson spokeswoman Rebecca Agner. There were about 1,340 power outages at the height of the storm, Agner said. City crews worked through the night and power was restored.

Crews also responded to several downed trees overnight Thursday and Friday morning, including one in the 800 block of Raleigh Road Parkway.

Agner said Greenlight Community Broadband had no outages during the storm.

Officials said 12 evacuees stayed in Wilson’s emergency shelter Thursday night at Fike High School. The county’s Companion Animal Mobile Trailer, dubbed Critter Camper, which was also stationed at Fike housed one evacuee’s pet Thursday. Officials closed the shelter on Friday.

A radar-confirmed tornado touched down between Wilson and Saratoga Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported. Damage included an outside storage building and downed trees in the 4600 block of White Oak Loop outside Wilson.

Since the major threat to Wilson has passed, seven Wilson Energy linemen along with equipment responded Friday to a request from Elizabeth City. Officials said they expect the crew to be deployed for two days to assist the public utility with restoring power to the coastal community.