Michael's rain, storm surge has some roads under water


Storm surge from Tropical Storm Michael surrounds a building at Coast Guard Park in Elizabeth City, Thursday.


From staff reports

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Some area roads were already underwater as of late afternoon Thursday, with much more rain and high winds expected Thursday night and Friday.

A high wind warning was in effect for Pasquotank and Camden counties until noon today. Winds up to 40 mph — with gusts of 55-60 mph — were possible, according to Christy Saunders, emergency management coordinator for the two counties.

Strong wind combined with heavy rain could cause downed trees and scattered power outages, according to Saunders.

Several small outages in fact were reported in Elizabeth City early Thursday evening, City Manager Rich Olson said. He expected more outages would be reported before Friday morning.

Dominion Power was reporting about 25 outages in the Corolla area at 7 p.m.

Roads experiencing flooding as of 5 p.m. Thursday were Southern Avenue and Dawson Street in Elizabeth City, and Sawmill Road, Creek Road and Weeksville Road.

In Hertford, the state Department of Transportation closed the S-Bridge because of overwash from the Perquimans River.

Weather officials reported a threat of tornadoes in the area through 9 p.m. Thursday.

A flash flood watch went into effect for the entire area Thursday afternoon, with up to 1.5 inches of rain expected in Camden and Pasquotank counties.

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools announced Thursday afternoon that the schools would operate on a two-hour delay Friday. ECPPS had originally announced a one-hour delay for Friday but because some areas were already experiencing flooding Thursday the school district opted for the two-hour delay to allow time to assess storm conditions.

The delay is for students and school-based staff, and district staff should report on time or when it is safe to do so, according to ECPPS.

School officials said they would assess conditions Friday morning and either confirm the two-hour delay or update any changes to the status around 7 a.m.