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Officials Assess Storm Impact


September 18, 2017

Transylvania “fared overall fairly well” despite some power outages during last week’s weather event, according to County Manager Jaime Laughter.

The remnants of Hurricane Irma’s biggest impact on Transylvania were outages, with, at one point, roughly 80 percent of Haywood EMC’s roughly 6,700 customers without power in the county’s Western end and scattered outages among Duke Energy customers.

“Our emergency management staff did a great job preplanning for Hurricane Irma’s arrival even with a very uncertain path for most of the week prior and also in monitoring impacts and needs during the storm,” Laughter said.

Kevin Shook, the county Emergency Management director, led coordination efforts prior to the storm.

There were no specific sheltering requests during and after the storm, but there was one inquiry on where to take a shower, Shook said.

The City of Brevard had a few outages.

The Brevard Fire Department responded to the following incidents between 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 2 a.m. on Sept. 12:

•A power line down on Rosenwald Lane.

•A motor vehicle accident, where a vehicle went into a structure, with no injuries, on U.S. 276.

•A tree fell on a single-wide residence on Freeman Drive, with no injuries.

•A power pole on Osborne Road caught fire.

•A house on Turnpike Road was damaged after power lines got crossed by a falling tree, shorting out the cable/telephone box on the building’s side.


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