Storms cause outages

First Posted: 6/27/2013

The thunderstorms that marched through Robeson County on Wednesday night put thousands of people in the dark.

According to Walter White, a spokesperson with the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation, 2,366 customers reported they lost electricity.

“We had to work late into the night but everything was resolved within the night,” White said.

Duke Progress Energy’s website reported 200 customers in Rowland, Fairmont, Pembroke, Lumberton and St. Pauls lost power. All were expected to have electricity by noon today.

Lamar Brayboy, director of Electric Utilities for Lumberton, said about 70 residents briefly lost power.

“There were scattered outages throughout the town from the lightning,” Brayboy said. “We had calls starting at about 10 p.m. but everybody was back on by 2 a.m.”

No power outages were reported by Red Springs.

Local officials did not report any storm-related damage, but Rosen Bale Locklear, who lives on 298 Onnie Joe Road in Pembroke, said she had three large pear trees down in her front yard this morning.

“My house wasn’t damaged but the shoulder of my car was,” she said. “And my flowers under all of them tree limbs are messed up.”