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County-by-County Glance of Reported Damage From Hurricane Bonnie

Posted August 26, 1998

— Damage caused by Hurricane Bonnie, as reported by state and local emergency management officials:

Some flooding.

  • Intermittent rain since midday.
  • One confirmed tornado in an unpopulated wooded area.
  • 790 people in shelters as of midnight.
  • No major structural damage as of midnight.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • U.S. 17 closed. BRUNSWICK=-- Extensive flooding, fallen trees and blocked roadways.
  • Bridges to island communities closed.
  • Roof ripped off Columbia-Brunswick Hospital in Supply, about 30 evacuated.
  • At least five homes with significant damage in Calabash.
  • Roof blown off a bank in Sunset Beach.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • 100 people in shelters as of 8 a.m.
  • N.C. 133, N.C. 211 and N.C. 17 closed. CAMDEN=-- Some power outages. CARTERET=-- Winds gusting up to 65 mph.
  • Heavy rain about 8 a.m. in Morehead City.
  • 150-foot section of the Iron Steamer Pier ripped away. The Indian Beach Pier lost a 100-foot section.
  • Minor flooding.
  • Electrical lines down and widespread power outages.
  • The National Weather Service reported that several homes in Emerald Isle were extensively damaged by the wave action.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • U.S. 70 closed. CRAVEN=-- Home in New Bern blown off foundation by tornado spawned by Bonnie.
  • At least eight other homes in the same subdivision suffered significant wind damage.
  • Home destroyed by fire during storm, cause unknown.
  • 770 people at four shelters as of 8 a.m.
  • Widespread power outages.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • Several flooded roadways but none closed. DARE=-- 45 mph winds on Hatteras Island.
  • Steady, windblown rain falling at 10 a.m.
  • No significant overwashes as of 9 a.m.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • No structural damage as of 10 a.m.
  • Roads and bridges remain open.
  • N.C. 12 closed. HYDE=-- Some power outages.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • U.S. 264 closed. LENOIR=-- Trees down.
  • Some power outages.
  • All roads open.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • About 370 people at shelters as of 9:30 a.m.
  • Five homes, volunteer fire department building damaged by suspected tornado near Pink Hill.
  • Blocks of stone facing blown off Lenoir County Courthouse. NEW HANOVER=-- Gusts about 25 mph as of 9 a.m. with diminished rain and clouds breaking.
  • Light flooding and some downed trees throughout the county.
  • Most roads passable as of 9 a.m.
  • Visitors prohibited from returning to barrier islands.
  • Minor damage to beach homes along Wrightsville Beach, with flood waters 18 inches deep standing in some homes and businesses.
  • Section of windows blown in at New Hanover High School.
  • Cable antenna tower blown over in Seabreeze.
  • Siding and shingles ripped off beach houses at Kure Beach.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • Less than 500 at three shelters. ONSLOW=-- Steady rain.
  • Road flooding.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • Roofs blown off buildings in Holly Ridge.
  • Trees down.
  • N.C. 111, N.C. 258 and U.S. 17 closed. PAMLICO=-- Roads flooded.
  • Trees down.
  • No major structural damage reported as of 10 a.m.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • About 375 people in shelter as of 10 a.m.
  • 85 percent of county without power
  • Two suspected tornadoes touched down in wooded areas, felling trees.
  • Heavy flooding along creeks, rivers and sound.
  • All roads are open. PASQUOTANK=-- Steady winds between 25 and 40 mph at 11 a.m.
  • Some flooding near causeway bridge and Pasquotank River, some smaller roads.
  • About 100 people in shelter. PENDER=-- Trees downed on roadways by strong winds.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • About 130 people in two shelters.
  • Minor structural damage at Topsail Beach.
  • Minor structural damage, some dune damage in Surf City.
  • Surf City residents may return after 7 a.m. Friday. PITT=-- Gusts reported up to 50 mph.
  • State of emergency called for county.
  • About 800 people in five shelters as of 10 p.m.
  • About 50 people evacuated from Hopkins Park subdivision in Greenville because of flooding.
  • Several roads flooded and closed but all of them are secondary roads.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • Portions of county received up to 12 inches of rain from storm. TYRRELL=-- Tornadoes confirmed in town of Gum Neck and on N.C. 94.
  • Several storage buildings destroyed and two houses damaged by tornadoes.
  • Less than 100 people without electricity.
  • All roads still open.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • The county has no shelters and about 3,700 residents remain in their homes. WASHINGTON=-- About 3 inches of rain has fallen.
  • No significant structural damage as of 10:30 a.m.
  • Tornado touched down and damaged house in Wenona community.
  • No reports of injuries.
  • 77 people in shelter at Pines Elementary School as of 10:30 a.m. WILSON=-- No reports of injuries.
  • No significant structural damage as of 10 a.m.
  • Minor flooding on roads.
  • 4 to 6 inches of rain reported since Wednesday afternoon.

    + Also:

  • Flood warning for Beaufort, Craven, Jones, Duplin, Pamlico, Onslow and Pitt counties until 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.
  • Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches with local amounts of over 10 inches fell across a large part of eastern North Carolina overnight. Continuing heavy rain was expected mainly east of New Bern.

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