It’s been a rainy and windy Halloween in Wilkes County, with dozens of trees on roads and power lines, accentuated by several motor vehicle mishaps.
About 3 inches of rain fell overnight in parts of southern Wilkes, followed by about 1.25 inches during the daylight Thursday. Rainfall amounts varied elsewhere in the county.
Late this afternoon, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, Va., stated that a wind advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. today through noon Friday for an area that includes Wilkes. At 7:40 p.m. Thursday, there were only scattered Duke Energy outages in Wilkes.
The forecast here is for winds out of the west blowing 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. The weather statement continued, “Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”
There is a 70% chance of more rain Thursday night, followed by gradual clearing and cooler temperatures with areas of frost likely Friday night into Saturday morning in Wilkes and elsewhere in the area. Clear skies with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low to mid 30s are expected this weekend in Wilkes.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to at least three wrecks in Wilkes on Thursday – on Edgewood Road near Brushy Mountain Road in Wilkesboro about 2:40 p.m., on N.C. 16 South near Village Market in Moravian Falls earlier in the afternoon and on Red, White and Blue Road in Roaring River Thursday evening.
None of these wrecks involved serious injuries. The wreck on Edgewood Road resulted from a motor vehicle chase and ended when a four-door sedan ran off Edgewood Road and overturned down a grass embankment. Authorities said a Wilkes Sheriff's Office deputy was pursuing the car.
Red, White and Blue Road was closed for a period because of a mishap involving a tractor-trailer that left live power lines on the roadway. The tractor-trailer eventually drove away but Roaring River firefighters remained on the scene due to the live downed wires.
There were numerous downed trees and limbs on Wilkes roads Thursday and Thursday evening, keeping fire departments and other personnel busy from one end of the county to the other.