60 mph wind gusts cause scattered damage, power outages along Crystal Coast

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – It has not been rain but wind that has been the problem at the Crystal Coast.

Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour caused scattered damage and numerous power outages.

Video overnight showed power lines sparking and a street light dangling precariously on the Atlantic Beach causeway.

Just up Highway 58 heading toward Fort Macon, strong winds blew over a pump at one of the gas stations.

At last check, nearly 4,000 people were without power in Carteret County; about 2,000 of those were clustered in downeast parts of the county.

And with the wind like it is and expected to stay gusty at least through Sunday, it will be a challenge to get the lights back on.

The good news, if there is any, is that the wind is out of the north now. So the storm surge on the ocean side has subsided, although waves continue to be rough and there will likely continue to be beach erosion.

Concerns now shift to sound side flooding, especially on north facing coastlines.

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