Update: Approximately 7,400 customers are without power right now. “We’re hoping to be through with #Isaias soon so we can redeploy our crews for damage assessments, restorations & repairs,” the city said on social media.

Power outages were widespread in New Bern early Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias approached the city.

“Once conditions improve, we’ll start deploying crews to assess the damage & begin restorations & repairs,” the city announced on its social media just before 2 a.m. as the outages started to pile up.

Wind gusts well above 40 mph were to blame.

While power outages were widespread, most of the city still had power at that time.

Stay away from downed utility lines if you come across them. They may still be energized and could be deadly.

The center of Hurricane Isaias was moving quickly through Duplin County. Bands of heavy rain will continue to rotate from south to north across eastern NC with wind gusts up to 40-60 mph over the next 2 to 4 hours.

Please stay indoors and off the roads until conditions subside toward daybreak.

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