Tropical Storm Andrea knocked out power to a small portion of Havelock Friday morning, but caused no major problems in the city.
A power line came down shortly before 10 a.m. near the intersection of West Main and Trader streets. Havelock police blocked the service road and directed traffic at three intersections where signals were not operating. Power crews responded and had repaired the downed line in about 90 minutes.
Otherwise, city officials reported no significant problems with the storm. Andrea produced just shy of an inch of rain - far less than the 2 to 4 inches that had been predicted - and a peak wind gust of 44 mph in Havelock, according to the National Weather Service in Newport.
Craven County Schools were delayed two hours Friday morning. Havelock High moved its graduation ceremony inside to the school gymnasium beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The forecasts called for rain through early Saturday, and school officials would not have had enough time to set up the stage and seating outdoors on what was expected to be a wet and muddy football field. They also had safety concerns for the public having to walk up and down wet bleachers.
Though the heaviest rain associated with the storm had moved off by Friday evening, the weather service still calls for a 40 percent chance of rain on Saturday, with winds calming to 9 to 13 mph. The high temperature is predicted to be around 86.