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Hurricane Florence spares Warren County

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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:00 am

Warren County was spared the wind damage and flooding over the weekend that other major hurricanes have brought here as the path of Hurricane Florence continued to turn southward before it made landfall. The once Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of around 130 miles per hour, downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore around Wrightsville Beach on North Carolina’s southern coast Friday. 

The huge storm, estimated at more than 500 miles wide, slowed and brought with it torrential rains, destruction of property and devastating flooding along the coastline, inland coastal and southern cities, and other flood-prone areas of the state. Interstates 95 and 40 had large sections closed due to flooding, and more than 30 deaths had been reported as of Tuesday in the Carolinas and Virginia, all blamed on Florence.

The flooding still has not reached its peak in North Carolina, as bodies of water are still cresting, some not expected to reach major flood stage until sometime next week.

In Warren County, reports came in over the weekend of several trees down, some on power lines and one that fell on a home causing minimal structural damage, Dennis Paschall, Emergency Services director said. Because of the storm shift, this area didn’t see the anticipated rainfall from Florence and avoided the usual road closures caused by localized flooding.

An emergency shelter at Warren County High School opened Thursday morning, but was able to close the following day due to a lack of need. Local schools, government offices and some businesses closed for a day or more at the end of last week, but were back to normal operations on Monday.


Kerr Lake caution

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that, due to incoming flood waters resulting from Florence, all Corps campgrounds on Kerr Lake are closed until further notice. Kerr Lake elevations are predicted to climb one to three feet daily and peak at 312 feet mean sea level by Friday night. 

For daily lake elevations, citizens can call 434-738-6633 and choose option 1, or call the Visitor Assistance Center at 434-738-6143. Kerr Lake property owners are advised to secure their personal property and docks on the shoreline.