Robeson soaked withup to 5 inches of rain

Last updated: May 16. 2014 10:03AM - 757 Views
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LUMBERTON — A series of severe thunderstorms that brought as many as 5.2 inches of rain to Robeson County on Thursday caused more than 2,500 customers to lose power, according to local electricity providers.

It didn’t cause any other problems and was a relief for local farmers following a long dry spell and for homeowners who can turn off their sprinkler systems.

Duke Energy reported that 2,400 of its customers experienced power outages late Thursday. According to Amy Strecker, a spokesman for the company, all but a couple of customers had power restored by this morning. .

Lumbee River Electrial Membership Corporation reported that 120 of its customers in Red Springs lost power during an outage at about 3 p.m. Thursday, and that 130 additional customers across Robeson County experienced power outages at various points throughout the evening. All of them were back on line this morning.

A spokesperson for the city of Lumberton said that none of its customers experienced power outages during the storm.

The Robesonian was unable to contact anyone with Red Springs, which also is an electrical provider.

According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, the southeastern part of Robeson County received 5.22 inches of rain and the northern part of the county received 4.02 inches. The Lumberton Water Plant reported 3.20 inches of rain.

Willie Ray Clark, street superintendent for Lumberton’s Public Works department, said there was some isolated flooding, mostly around Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

“It surprised me that we didn’t have more flooding in the streets, it looks good,” he said.

Capt. Jerome Morton, with the Lumberton Police Department’s patrol division, said no serious accidents or wrecks were reported during the storm.

“I think they had a few minor incidents but nothing of significance,” he said.

The cold front that moved through the county also brought lower temperatures, providing some relief from recent 90-degree days.

The forecast calls for cloudy but dry skies today and Saturday, but there is a 60 percent chance of additional ran on Sunday. Highs today and through the week should peak in the mid-70s.

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