Thousands without power in the Cape Fear due to strong winds
CAPE FEAR, NC (WWAY) — Severe weather and strong winds have knocked out power for thousands in the Cape Fear Friday morning.
As of 9 a.m., nearly 8,000 people in southeastern North Carolina are without power.
Cities impacted by the outage include Whiteville, Southport, Castle Hayne, Wilmington, Elizabethtown.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, spokesman Jeff Brooks posted on Twitter that around 100,000 customers across the Carolinas were without power following severe weather and high winds.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, approximately 168 Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) members in Brunswick and Columbus Counties remained without power after a severe storm moved across the co-op’s service area overnight.
High winds resulted in approximately 2,600 total outages between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., with most of the damage to power lines due to broken poles and falling trees and branches. Crews worked through the night and made necessary repairs as quickly and safely as possible.
“Restoration to the majority of affected members was complete in just over an hour,” said Corey Thurlow, Chief Operating Officer for BEMC. “However, with high winds forecast throughout most of the morning, our members should be aware of the possibility of additional outages. Our crews are prepared and ready to respond should these occur.”
Outages should be reported at bemc.org, through SmartHub, or by calling (800) 682-5309.