Cause of power outage

SEVERAL HUNDRED DUKE ENERGY CUSTOMERS south of Wilkesboro lost electricity for several hours early Thursday morning when a tree fell on power lines, causing a utility pole to snap. The scene is along Country Club Road, near Brushy Mountain Road.

Rainfall amounts ranging from a little over 2 1/2 to nearly 3 inches were recorded in Wilkes County Wednesday and early Thursday morning.

The Cotton Mill Road low water bridge over Roaring River was flooded early Thursday morning, as were Falls Road near Moravian Falls Campground and other flood-prone areas of Wilkes.

The rain gauge at W. Kerr Scott Dam recorded 2.90 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Thursday. For all of May, about 9.6 inches of rain have been recorded at the dam.

Orchardist Ty Lowe said he has recorded 10 1/2 inches of rain so far this May near his home in the Pores Knob community. Over 10 inches of rain have been reported in other parts of Wilkes this month. The average May rainfall in Wilkes is a little less than 5 inches.

The peak level of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir this month is just shy of 1,052 feet above sea level on May 23. The normal level is 1,030 and the record level of 1,061.2 feet above sea level was set on June 11, 2019.

There were also reports of trees on roadways and power lines in scattered areas of Wilkes overnight, which was related to the saturated ground.

About 980 Duke Energy customers in an area south of Wilkesboro lost electricity for several hours late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Duke Energy reported that an outage in the Oakwoods and Country Club areas resulted from a tree falling on power lines and causing a utility pole to snap along Country Club Road near Brushy Mountain Road just before midnight. Power was restored by around 7 a.m. Thursday.

The Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department was dispatched to remove a fallen tree from Reynolds Avenue late Wednesday night. This also resulted in downed utility lines.

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