Category: Hurricane

October 12th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

I noticed that Google Maps satellite photos of New Bern were taken after Hurricane Florence in September 2018, while satellite photos in Apple Maps were taken before the storm. Here are some images that show the difference.

Satellite image shows New Bern Grand Marina, top, and BridgePointe Marina, below.

Satellite image shows New Bern Grand Marina, top, and BridgePointe Marina, below. BridgePointe was severely damaged by Hurricane Florence and has not been put back into service.

 

The Woodrow neighborhood of New Bern before Hurricane Florence.

 

This satellite shows numerous houses that were destroyed or so badly damaged that they were razed during or following Hurricane Florence.

 

The public boat ramp and dock at Lawson Creek Park at the Trent River before Hurricane Florence.

 

The public boat ramp and dock at Lawson Creek Park at the Trent River after Hurricane Florence. The boat ramp was severely damaged and pushed upriver by the storm. A specialized crew using a construction barge and crane fetched the floating dock and returned it to its original location. The ramp and dock have been put back into service.

 

The day-use boardwalk and docks at Union Point Park before Hurricane Florence.

 

The day-use boardwalk and docks at Union Point Park were destroyed during Hurricane Florence and have yet been rebuilt.

 

An island on the west bank of the Trent River just south of Freedom Memorial Bridge before Hurricane Florence.

 

An island on the west bank of the Trent River just south of Freedom Memorial Bridge before Hurricane Florence. The satellite image shows significant erosion from the storm, forming a new bay, with a channel shown below and left of the island blocked. The wreckage of a sailboat can be seen just right of center.

Posted in Hurricane

September 7th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County Schools will  operate on a 2 hour delay on Monday, Sept. 9 for all students. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Craven County Schools announced after evaluations of all school buildings that Hurricane Dorian will not deter it from returning back to school.

Most damage to schools was limited to tree limbs and ceiling tiles which are being corrected this weekend.

Staff will report to work at their regular scheduled time so they have ample time to put their classrooms back together. 

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

September 5th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

The City launched a CodeRED alert to citizens in low lying areas encouraging them to evacuate.  Here is the transcript of the CodeRED alert:

This is a CodeRED alert from the City of New Bern. You are located in a flood prone area.  Please consider evacuating ahead of hurricane Dorian.  City of NB fire and police crews will be in your neighborhood making announcements over a loudspeaker encouraging residents to evacuate.  These crews will be accompanied by buses offering transportation to a shelter – either Creekside Elementary School or Ben D. Quinn Elementary.  

If you would like transportation to a shelter, please go to the following locations to board the bus.  The buses will continue circling these routes, approximately every hour, until 5pm.

The first pickup was at noon for the following locations:

  • Oakland and Ashland Ave
  • Oaks andS. Glenburnie
  • N Glenburnie and TuscanLa
  • Mourning dove & Deer Path Cir
  • George St Park
  • Watson Ave and National Ave
  • Maola
  • River Drive & Court St
  • Stanly White Rec Center
  • Duffyfield Headstart
  • Beaufort & Garden St
  • JT Barber School
  • Washington & Hazel Ave
  • Chesapeake & Batts Hill
  • Batts Hill & Turtle Bay
  • Batts Hill & Tram
  • Country Club & Elm Dr
  • Chestnut & Oscar
  • Liberty St & Walt Bellamy
  • Walt Bellamy and Fleet St
  • Broad St and E Front St.
  • Riverside and Sandy Point

The following pickups are at 1 pm:

  • National Guard Armory
  • Pierce Park
  • Neuse Ave and Asheville St
  • Beech St and South Carolina Ave
  • Duffy St and Oaks Rd 
  • Washington and Hazel Ave
  • Coopers Landing Apts
  • N Hills and Laurel St
  • North Hills Ct and Drive
  • Chestnut and Oscar
  • EF Thompkins and Charles

Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication, hygiene items, special foods, baby formula (if needed) and any other special needs items.  There may be times that the shelters are without the ability to support medical devices and equipment so portable charging devices are recommended.  Pets will be accepted at the Ben D. Quinn Elementary emergency shelter only.  No other emergency shelters will allow pets.  This shelter accepts cats and dogs only.  All pets must be crated & you must bring food and water for them, medications, and rabies certificates.  You must remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet.  Citizens are prohibited from bringing weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, perishable food items, radios or televisions into an emergency shelter.  Small hand-held devices can be used with headphones.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

September 5th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Note: Curfew lifted just before 11 a.m. Friday.

Curfew imposed effective at 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 until 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, unless in search of medical assistance, food or other commodity of service necessary to sustain the well-being of himself and his family or some member thereof.  Read the entire curfew here.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

September 4th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

As Hurricane Dorian heads up the Carolina coastline, Duke Energy is projecting it could cause more than 700,000 power outages – some possibly lasting several days – based on the storm’s current forecasted track.

The slow-moving, powerful hurricane will bring tropical-storm-force winds and rain over a large portion of the Carolinas. The company projects power outages are likely to occur Thursday and Friday:

  • In North Carolina’s Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill).
  • In South Carolina’s Pee Dee region (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg).
  • Along the entire coasts of both North Carolina and South Carolina – extending to communities up to 100 miles inland.

Power outage projections are based on the company’s storm modeling tool, which analyzes storm track, storm size, wind speed, wind-field size, ground saturation and the history of previous hurricanes in the Carolinas.

More than 9,000 power restoration workers in Carolinas

Duke Energy crews will begin repairs as soon as conditions safely allow. Duke Energy is moving an extra 4,000 repair workers from 23 states and Canada to the Carolinas in anticipation of the hurricane’s arrival. The crews will complement the 5,000 Duke Energy lineworkers and tree personnel permanently based in the Carolinas – creating a total workforce of almost 9,000.

Before power can be restored, crews first must assess the extent of damage – which can sometimes take 24 hours or more – to determine which crews, equipment and supplies are needed to expedite repairs. Crews will restore power, where possible, while completing damage assessment.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern, Utilities, Utilities

September 4th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Trash and recycling pickups have been suspended for Thursday and Friday.  Customers on those routes are asked NOT to put their receptacles out as they could become projectiles and could block stormwater drainage.

A new pickup schedule for these routes will be announced later.  I’ll let you know what that new schedule is as soon as I get it.

Also, new sandbags are available now at all three sites:

The sandbag locations are:

  • West NB Rec Center, 1225 Pine Tree Drive (by the ball field)
  • Stanley White Rec Center, 901 Chapman Street (in the parking lot)
  • The empty lot at Craven/South Front Street.

Bring a shovel.  Bags and sand are supplied.

Posted in Hurricane

September 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Dorian-spooked Bike MS organizers have canceled this weekend’s event in New Bern.

Catherine Lott, manager of event production at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said in an email to local event partners:

“Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Dorian, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 2019 Bike MS: Historic New Bern. We’re working this evening on outreach to all of our event partners, vendors, participants and volunteers. I do know that someone on our staff is working on reaching out to hotels, but please feel free to share this news with your hospitality partners.

“Please stay safe this week; we’re all thinking of our friends in New Bern and hope the storm passes without trouble,” she said.

The Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride 2019 was scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8.

The event in New Bern annually draws several thousand cyclists, along with festival vendors. It is among the largest events in Downtown New Bern each year, although it is dwarfed by MumFest, which is held in October.

The event is based at Union Point Park at the intersection of East Front and South Front streets, an area that is always among the first to flood in New Bern.

According to published reports, organizers were concerned about the condition of Union Point after the storm, on top of existing concerns about limited available hotel space in Downtown New Bern.

The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, the largest in the city and the city’s only full-service hotel, has been closed since Hurricane Florence.

Any remaining hotel rooms in New Bern would undoubtedly be quickly filled following a hurricane by recovery workers.

 

Posted in Hurricane

September 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Based on the latest information from the county emergency operations center, Craven County Schools announces the following schedule changes and closings in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and potential impacts on Craven County:

  • Craven County Schools will operate on a 2-hour early release for all students on Wednesday, Sept. 4. There will be no after school or evening activities during this same period.
  • Craven County Schools will Be Closed for all students and staff on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept 6.
  • Essential staff be prepared to be on standby for Thursday and Friday if the need arises and you are able to safely report to work.

“We realize many of our families have not fully recovered from Hurricane Florence so we strongly recommend you make the necessary preparations as soon as possible,” the district said in a news release.

Should any further announcements be necessary, notifications will be sent via the school alert system, local media, and the district web page –  www.cravenk12.org–  and social media sites. 

Epiphany School for Global Studies will be closed Wednesday through Friday.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

September 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County is one of three counties in North Carolina participating in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Know Your Zone (KYZ) pilot program. 

North Carolina Know Your Zone (KYZ) is a new tiered evacuation system that highlights areas most at risk to storm surge and flooding impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other hazards. Know Your Zone relies on a color-coded approach for users to determine the evacuation zone where they live, work, or are visiting based upon their street address.

When a storm is approaching, Craven County officials will determine the zones that are most threatened to assess which residents should evacuate according to their level of vulnerability. Areas in Zone A will typically be evacuated first, followed by areas in Zone B, etc. While all zones won’t be evacuated in every event, emergency managers will work with local media and use other outreach tools to notify residents and visitors of impacted zones and evacuation instructions.

Know Your Zone is intended to streamline the evacuation process by supporting personal readiness as residents prepare for hazardous weather events. In addition to helping avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, zones can also ease overcrowding at local storm shelters and increase public safety. Knowing your zone and when to evacuate can ultimately save your family’s life.

Evacuations are only called for when the lives and safety of those in the area being evacuated will be at risk. Once an evacuation has been called, gather your belongings (including your emergency supply kit) and leave as soon as possible for your personal safety. If time allows, secure your home by locking doors and windows. By following evacuation orders, you are protecting both yourself and first responders.

Residents in Craven County can locate their assigned evacuation zone by visiting http://bit.ly/cravenKYZ.

While evacuation zones won’t be fully implemented across eastern NC until hurricane season 2020, Craven County residents will be assigned a zone this year given the County’s participation in the KYZ pilot program.

Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page @cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

September 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Workers at Morgan’s Tavern in Downtown New Bern install boards on windows Tuesday. NBPost photo

Craven County issued a voluntary evacuation order to be effective at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, for Zone A or for those living in low-lying areas of Craven County with a history of extreme flooding.  Extreme wind, storm surge, rainfall and river flooding is expected in the Neuse and Trent River basins in Craven County as early as Wednesday evening. 

People living in the following locations that are prone to flooding are encouraged to evacuate: Harlowe (Adam’s Creek and Clubfoot Creek), Fairfield Harbor, portions of the City of New Bern (National Avenue, Woodrow and Duffyfield communities), Sandy Point, and River Bend.  Residents in Craven County can locate their assigned Know Your Zone (KYZ) evacuation zone by visiting http://bit.ly/cravenKYZ.

“No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. Craven County strongly urges all citizens to monitor this storm and even if you are not in the areas specifically mentioned in the voluntary evacuation order, consider your safety, take this hurricane very seriously, and make preparations to leave now,” stated Jack B. Veit, III, Craven County Manager.

Individuals in areas at risk of flooding should prepare for extreme storm surge.  Past flood events have shown areas not directly impacted by flood waters may be isolated and travel may be restricted.

Four Emergency Shelters will open in Craven County on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. for citizens living in low-lying areas prone to flooding who have nowhere else to relocate to:

  • Creekside Elementary   (2790 Landscape Dr, New Bern) *New Location*

  • Ben D. Quinn Elementary (4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern) *Pet Friendly*

  • Farm Life Elementary (Vanceboro)

Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication, hygiene items, special foods, baby formula (if needed) and any other special needs items.  There may be times that the shelters are without the ability to support medical devices and equipment so portable charging devices are recommended.  Pets will be accepted at the Ben D. Quinn Elementary emergency shelter only.  No other emergency shelters will allow pets.  This shelter accepts cats and dogs only, no exotic pets.  All pets must be crated.  Pet owners need to bring bowls for food and water, food and medications for their pets, and rabies certificates (not the tags).  Pet owners will be expected to remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet.  Citizens are prohibited from bringing weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, perishable food items, radios or televisions into an emergency shelter.  Small hand-held devices can be used with headphones.

For more information on emergency shelters call Craven County Emergency Management at 252-636-6608.  Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page@cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync. 

 

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

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