BEAUFORT COUNTY - Tideland EMC crews are making progress in restoring power to those affected by the storm in Beaufort County, according to a news release.
Officials say as of around 11:30 Saturday morning, they had 558 members without power in Washington. They say that at the height of the storm, more than 3,200 members had power outages.
Tideland EMC officials say the City of Washington has power lines down near the company's power lines. They say until city officials repair those downed lines, Tideland EMC crews won't be able to restore power to Asbury Church Road, Whootentown Road and Highway 264/John Small Avenue.
Tideland EMC has crews working to fix the outages on River Road.
A State of Emergency has been declared in Beaufort County after a tornado destroyed homes and left 15 people injured, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
As of 9 Saturday morning, at least a couple of thousand customers are without power.
According to a release from Beaufort County, the State of Emergency went into effect at 10:30 p.m. Friday. Travel in Beaufort County should be restricted to emergency situations until 7 a.m. Sunday.
The areas impacted are Chocowinity, the Wichards Beach Road area of Chocowinity, River Road and N.C. 32 from Washington Park through North Boyd Road in the Pinetown area, and U.S. 264 from Asbury Church Road to the Hunters Bridge Road area of U.S. 264 East.
Violators of the State of Emergency may receive a fine of $100 plus court cost, according to the county release.
Emergency Management Director John Pack said all Beaufort County residents have been accounted for and no fatalities have been reported. But at least 12 people had to be taken to a hospital.
At least 100 homes in Beaufort County have been damaged, Pack told NewsChannel 12. Along Highway 264, north of Beaufort Community College, mobile homes are flattened, power lines are down, and trees are all over the road.
Officials said power outages are widespread in the county. Pack said up to 8,000 households were in the dark at one point. It may take at least 36 hours to get all the power back up and running.
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