Brunswick officials give update on tornado impact
Brunswick County officials provide an update on the impact of an overnight tornado that killed at least three people.
Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Ed Connor on the Director of emergency Services with Brunswick County. Uh, we're gonna do a briefing for our 12 o'clock operational period. Um, currently, we've conducted a search and rescue operations in the Ocean Ridge Plantation and old slowed area. Way did experience 10 injuries this morning. And we had, unfortunately, three fatalities, the result of the, uh, tornado way. We're currently working with our partners to evaluate structural damage. We've completed search and rescue operations were going to transition into a recovery phase where we're going to start doing a preliminary damage assessments, working with our utility partners at work where state and local agencies to kind of get our community back to normal as possible. We are working with the American Red Cross to set up a reception center for residents in that area. Could dio we could help coordinate sheltering long term sheltering, um, feeding, uh, emergency contacts. Try to help them out as much as we can. This is definitely gonna be a long term event. The recovery and Ocean Ridge and old shallot road area. Um, the impacted areas. Um, this is gonna be, uh, take a lot of hard work effort between cleanup, rebuilding and getting the families back. Thio normal state of life. Um, we have several partners we've been working with on scene, including Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina office, emergency management or local fire departments, county agencies, municipal agencies, state law enforcement. Um, they've all been here to help get our community back to normal. We're gonna continue to operate this afternoon. We're gonna move our command post into Ocean Ridge and try to get a little more preliminary damage assessment and see how many structures we have damage. Um, what that extent is that? What we could do to the community? We have received several enquiries from community organizations. Uh, businesses with our county wanna help donate Right now, we're trying to encourage them. Thio get a plan together, how we could help the community, and we'll touch base with the residents and the property owners to see what their needs are and try to support them in any way we can. E said this is gonna be a long term recovery. We still have a lot of damage in that area. We have a lot of safety concerns, so we're encouraging people to stay out. Unless there are resident or worker in that area. We're gonna set up access points with under control the sheriff's office. But they said it's way people, that area. That's still a dangerous situation. But we're gonna do our best to make sure nobody gets injured. Um, and we get our community back to normal as possible. Uh, one of our big partners. We're working. And now, as we go into recovery phase a czar, representatives from Brunswick Electric, they're gonna play a vital role in restoring power into our community, um, into the area here and isolating areas that we have concerned to make sure it's safe when we operate. We've turned over to our representative from Brunswick Electric. Good. Thank you, sir. Good afternoon, everyone. Josh, ones with Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation. Uh, I just want to provide a status on the power restoration efforts. Way started last night with about 37,000 now, which is a big part of our system. 37 of about 100,000 m and most of that was due to extensive damage to our transmission system. About 30 spans a wire down. About nine structures destroyed So we worked mostly through the night Thio back feed that we have redundancy in our system. And today we're making. Those repairs were down to about 3000 members without power. And that's isolated Thio. The area's damaged the most. So we're working with the county. Coordinate with them in their emergency response efforts on, we'll end up going basically house the house for the last few members. So we ask that everyone be patient. We have, ah, large team, a very capable team. And we'll work around the clock until we have everything restored. Do you have any questions for me? Way? Yes. Josh Winslow S L O W and I'm CEO, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation. That Randy. Good afternoon. I'm Randy Thompson, and I'm the chairman of the county Board of Commissioners here in Brunswick County. I want to start off by asking everyone again to remember those that way that we've lost last evening, which you've already heard. We lost. Three of our residents want to remember them in our thoughts and prayers, along with those that were injured in this event. I want to also let you know that way, truly have a partnership here in Brunswick County. The emergency responders, the sheriff's office, are our utilities are county departments have all come together, along with many of our community organizations have come together to respond to the needs of the community. I've had the opportunity to go into the area. I've seen devastation that I have not seen in many years having a public safety background myself. It's truly, truly was a disaster last night and again we just want to remember those in our thoughts and prayers. Aziz. We move forward and again I think the responders, as they did a tremendous job in responding Thio the public's needs last night. Thank you, Chairman. A. To this time we looked it up to any questions. We have a few minutes to take a couple of short questions. If we have any way at this time, we remain, say, Mazar. Earlier report. We have 10 injuries and 10 fatalities. Unfortunately, 10 Sorry, 10 injuries, three fatalities Attn. This time we don't have that information available. E don't have that information available. Yes, they were all in the Ocean Ridge area. Now we've conducted search and rescue operations that we don't have any reports of anybody missing? Yes, sir. Neighborhood that was impacted. We have serious destruction in that neighborhood. We have homes that are knocked over way. Have a lot of hard work to do as a community to get back to normal, to make the community safer, the residents to go back in to the areas that were unaffected. But it's definitely a very hazardous situation with debris, uh, homes, damaged stuff all over the place. Can you tell us about damage? Maybe not so much. Just back. How about this? Around the area of anything else. Outside of Ocean Ridge on highway 17, we had quite a bit of damage. Utility infrastructure. We had some commercial structures that were damaged on Highway 17, and then the other big part of damage was off old slit road area where we had utility lines down. We had homes damaged severely. Also in that area. Uh, that area. We did not have any reports of any injuries or fatalities, but we do have serious damage. Bond. We are working with our partners in the other organizations on the National Weather Service to try to figure out the track of this situation on to see if we have any outlying damage in other parts of the county. It think it thing at this time I don't have account. It is a rather large area that we're isolating. It ranges. I don't have exact reports at this time. Way had very minimal warning way had a tornado warning from the National Weather Service that was broadcast. But at that time, the storm touch was already on ground, causing damage. We've been talking with our partners of National Weather Service on. They were very surprised how rapidly the storm intensified. It's something they normally don't see s so we didn't have much warning. And at the time of night where most people are at home in bed, it creates a very dangerous situation. But thank you. I appreciate it. First name is Edward E D. W a r D. Last name. Conroe C o N r w and I'm the director of emergency services for Brunswick County. Thank you. Today A to this time, based on the situation, we were probably worked with our P O s. Uh, do press releases versus a formal press conference. Unless we have the need. Thio provide significant dates. Thank you. A Zafar is getting in assessing damage. Uh, we'll work with the sheriff's office where we feel safe in our utilities and sheriff's office to get people in there. Thank you. Yeah.