Craven County Schools closed on Tuesday

Power was beginning to come on Monday in areas of Havelock and eastern Craven County.

Much of the area had been without power since Saturday night when Hurricane Matthew came through the area.

Duke Energy reported 5,521 customers without power from 18,454 total users in Craven County. Residents can check their area for updates online at www.duke-energy.com/outages.

Meanwhile storm restoration crews from Carteret-Craven Electric worked through the night and continue to restore power knocked out during Matthew.

Lisa Taylor-Galizia, a spokesman for Carteret-Craven, said the status of power outages was changing quickly on Monday as crews continued to work.

Through Monday morning, four substations were still without transmission services from the co-op’s power supplier, which includes members along N.C. 101 from Havelock to Beaufort, including Adams Creek and Core Creek and along Laurel Road and South River. Those make up the bulk of the outages. Still, power was being restored to some areas throughout the day, and Taylor-Galizia reported Monday afternoon that power had been restored at one of the substations.

“We are working to get additional information and time frames for when we can expect the transmission lines feeding our substations to be repaired and service restored,” she said. “We know this is frustrating for those served by those substations, but we ask for continued patience and understanding.”

Craven County Schools will remain closed on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Craven County areas west of Havelock prepared for major flooding, or were already enduring it, especially along Swift Creek in Vanceboro. Areas of the Neuse River in western Craven County were continuing to rise.

Hurricane Floyd has been used as a comparative marker during this storm after heavy Matthew rains flooded several rivers that run eastward to the sounds and Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Floyd made landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 16, 1999. Only 10 days earlier, the area had been visited by Hurricane Dennis, which actually struck the coast, backed out to sea, and then came back and struck again.

Floyd arrived with a storm surge of 10 feet, dumping 20 inches of rain and leaving $7.8 billion of damage in its wake. Described as “the Flood of the Century,” rivers rose 20 feet above flood stage and 3,500 people had to be rescued from the flood waters. Eighty-seven people died in the floods, including 52 in North Carolina.

For Matthew, damage estimates are not yet available. The storm has killed 10 people in North Carolina.