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Despite Being Inland, Halifax County Hammered By Isabel's Wrath

Posted September 19, 2003

— As Isabel traveled throughout North Carolina, thousands of people in Halifax County spent Friday in the dark.

Roanoke Rapids resident Anne Pearson said she did all she could to stop Isabel from coming.

"I prayed about it. I cried about it and I wished it had gone away, but it didn't," she said.

With part of a tree in her yard, Pearson's lawn looks like much of Halifax County.

"There's been a lot of damage done," she said.

Throughout the county, awnings crashed to the ground, signs blew away and scattered across roads. Some roads were even covered with water. However, the main problem is power as thousands of homes are stuck without electricity.

Power crews from Alabama, Missouri, Texas and Louisiana descended on Roanoke Rapids in hopes of restoring electricity.

"With tree damage and wires down, about 80 percent of the lights are out in this area," said Maury Stone, a safety supervisor with Dominion Power.

A representative for Dominion Power said the system that provides power to Halifax County was so damaged that it may have to be rebuilt.

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