Storm damages causes problems for many in Carteret County

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – “When I got here it was just, wow it’s in pieces,” said Scott Benford of his storage shed that was blown over by the high winds.

That’s just some of the damage to the area after strong winds and even a tornado hit Carteret County Tuesday morning.

WNCT spoke with several people who are dealing with some of the damage, including a man from Raleigh, whose boat sank thanks to the high winds.

He says he woke up to an unfortunate voicemail.

“Oh it was a big surprise to get the call this morning i just checked on it this weekend and everything was good and to get the call this morning with the message that it’s at the bottom of the creek was pretty sad,” said Jim Ankeny.

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Ankeny called Tow Boat U.S. to rescue his boat from further damage. They say their crews responded to at least 11 calls.

“Multiple boats in distress, we had some in Morehead City, some in Beaufort,” said Lee Sykes, Owner of Tow Boat U.S. Offices in North Carolina.

And other damages include a tree that fell just feet away from the historic restaurant, Cedars Inn, in downtown Beaufort.

“This cedar tree has been here for hundreds of years if not more and it’s sad to see it go,” said Jen Mull, the Inn Manager.

Several power lines were knocked down as well throughout the county.

For many, picking up the pieces from the damage could cause the largest hole in their pockets.

“It was a very good shed; I mean it was usable, perfectly fine, now it’s a total loss,” said Benford.

Those 9 On Your Side spoke with say they’ll get back up on their feet and start the cleanup process as soon as possible.

Tow Boat U.S. says a tow and barge is still being rescued off the coast of Ocracoke after high sea conditions caused some issues and Duke Energy reports over one thousand people in Carteret County were without power during the storm.

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