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Minor power outages, no flooding reported

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High winds from Tropical Depression Barry left about 200 Craven County residences without electricity Sunday in separate outages.

High winds and a loose high voltage line were blamed for a 2:35 a.m. outage affecting 150 customers from Riverdale east to Wehoe Road, according to New Bern Electrical Distribution Superintendent Earl Crowder. Power was restored at 4:30 a.m.

A utility pole snapped at 11:05 a.m., knocking out power for 50 customers in the Trent Shores Drive area in Trent Woods. Crowder said that interruption was soon lowered to 12 customers, with their power coming back on at 2 p.m.

Progress Energy reported no outages in Craven, Jones or Pamlico counties.

Pamlico County EMS Director Ben Barnett said there was no flooding or damage reported other than some standing water on roadways.

The storm dropped about 2 inches of overnight rain Saturday and Sunday on the New Bern, Havelock and Newport areas, according to the National Weather Service in Newport. New Bern received about another half-inch as of 8 p.m. Sunday. Meteorologist John Elardo said Sunday afternoon that no damage from wind was reported to the Newport office.

Sporadic rainfall continued throughout Sunday, into the evening hours.

The storm was located east of Wilmington late Sunday afternoon, moving north-northeast.

�It should move along the coast overnight,� Elardo said. �It should be north of here by early tomorrow (Monday) morning.�

He said rain conditions should improve early today, with a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm.

Sunday’s rain put the clamps on most outdoor events, although many people took advantage of periods between showers.

Chris and Diane Conover came to New Bern from Connecticut this weekend to celebrate brother-in-law Frank Bruno’s 65th birthday and enjoy the sights.

They were tentative with their Sunday activities because of the stormy forecast.

While his wife gathered sharks teeth from a PCS Phosphate fossil pile at Union Point Park around noon Sunday, he looked at the blue skies and white fluffy clouds.

�I canceled my golf this morning,� he said. �Now, I’m sorry I did.�

Half an hour later, the blue skies were gone, replaced by gray clouds, wind and rain.

Twenty minutes later, the sun was shining again.

It was that kind of day.

Between showers, the fossil pile was popular, the only remnants of Saturday’s Neuse River Days. Sunday’s second day of activities was called off Saturday afternoon shortly after the completion of the annual raft races.

The impending stormy weather caused early cancellation of another Sunday event, a Fairfield Harbour appreciation day for about 80 single Camp Lejeune Marines.

Plans had called for the Marines to spend the afternoon with Fairfield residents on boat rides and other outdoor activities, culminated by a picnic at Red Sail Park.

Organizer Bruce Shattuck said the community response had been overwhelming, and that the event would be rescheduled. He said it was a thank you to the military men and a chance to give them a slice of family life for a day while stationed far from their loved ones.

Charlie Hall can be reached at 635-5667 or chall@freedomenc.com.


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