A storm left the commercial area of U.S. 421 West in Wilkesboro and the portion of the West Wilkes Water Association served by the Town of Wilkesboro with reduced water pressure late Sunday afternoon.
The fast-moving storm, with strong wind and hard rain, hit the Wilkesboros and some other parts of Wilkes County around 4:20 p.m. Sunday.
Electricity to the Wilkesboro water system pump station along the north side of the Yadkin River near the Curtis Bridge Road bridge over the river was lost when electrical equipment on a nearby Duke Energy utility pole was damaged during the storm. This caused the reduction in water pressure.
The utility pole, on the edge of the His Light Church and Ministries (former Quincy’s Steak House) parking lot, was left sharply leaning toward the pump station after the storm passed. At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, town personnel were in the parking lot waiting for Duke Energy personnel to arrive and make repairs.
In that same area, a large white oak tree in the yard of a house was blown down across the end of Greenbrier Lane, which is near Woodland Boulevard. This forced down another Duke Energy utility pole and utility line.
Fire departments in Wilkes responded to several reports of electrical hazards related to the storm. Duke Energy reported 169 electrical outages in Wilkes at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, mostly in the Cricket community.
Also during the storm, the North Wilkesboro Fire Department responded to the Yadkin River near West D Street to help several paddlers exit the river.
The storm brought about an inch of rain.