Trees, limbs come down during storm

Six-year-old Samyrah Frazier put her foot on the ground and pushed, propelling herself and her scooter down Keith Drive in Havelock Sunday morning, almost oblivious to the fallen tree in the yard next to her – almost.

“It was so bad,” she said of Hurricane Matthew, which raked the Havelock area Saturday with winds of more than 60 mph. “The power got knocked out.”

The storm scattered power outages throughout Havelock, extending into Sunday afternoon as residents cleaned up.

“This is the eighth hurricane I’ve seen up close and personal,” Josh Crupi said as he looked at a tree that blew down into others at his Carolina Pines home.

He said he was prepared to go to his job at Harris Teeter in New Bern Sunday morning when he walked outside and saw the tree that lodged itself in the top of another next to his home.

“I’m afraid it’s going to slide down into my home,” he said as he waited on a crew to cut it down. “Thirty years ago, I would have had that thing down already.”

He said his home lost power around 11 p.m. Saturday.

“I heard a noise and looked at my phone when the power went out, but I don’t know if that’s when the tree came down or not,” he said. “With the wind, I was hearing noises all night long.”

Though power was out in areas, some trees were down – including one on a vacant home on Church Road – and multiple limbs and leaves covered yards, residents in Havelock generally said they held up just fine through the storm.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said Scott Shermeyer, who was picking up limbs and leaves at his Hollywood Boulevard home with his wife Tammie.

He said some larger limbs came down in his back yard, and the power had gone out. He spent Saturday evening listening to the sounds of acorns pounding his roof.

“It sounded like bullets hitting the house,” he said.

Lauren Wargo, spokeswoman for the city of Havelock, said the city would accelerate its pickup of yard debris so the area could be cleaned up quickly. Residents can pile their storm debris on the sides of streets in front of their homes.

The city did report a sewage spill of 14,300 gallons from a manhole at the Oakwood Drive in Havelock. The untreated sewage flowed into Joe’s Branch, a tributary of Slocum Creek.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in South Carolina on Saturday morning and tracked up the coast through the Cape Fear region of southeastern North Carolina before turning out to sea Sunday. It caused major river flooding inland and caused some flash flooding in Havelock.

According to Craven County Emergency Management, isolated flooding occurred in eastern Craven County in the Adams Creek and Harlowe areas, but no major flooding was reported.

The storm did not produce high rainfall totals in the Havelock area – just 4.42 inches since Thursday as compared to the more than 10 inches farther inland, according to the National Weather Service in Newport. Its backside winds proved well over tropical storm force of 39 mph. Beginning around 10 p.m. Saturday, winds were clocked in the range of 50 to 60 mph through about 6 a.m. Sunday, with a peak wind of 62 mph. Winds began to drop Sunday afternoon but were still gusting to more than 30 mph.

With Matthew becoming post tropical and moving away from the North Carolina coast, pleasant fall weather is moving in. The National Weather Service calls for mostly sunny skies throughout the rest of the week with high temperatures in the lower to middle 70s and low temperatures around 60.