CARRBORO, NC -- Severe storms with damaging winds and flash flooding moved through Carrboro and central North Carolina on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The storms delivered high intensity rainfall and gusty winds with the most intense impacts occurring late afternoon and early evening. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of the day.
The Town of Carrboro’s crews from Public Works and Stormwater Management prepared in advance to ensure that many culverts and storm drains were clear of debris to reduce flooding. Public safety and public works personnel were on call to respond to reported issues.
Two residents received assistance from Carrboro Fire-Rescue and the Red Cross after a tree fell on their home at Rock Creek Apartments off Rock Haven Road. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported.
Several creeks overtopped their banks, consistent with the rainfall intensity. There was some street flooding during the deluge including along Carol Street, but in most areas it cleared quickly.
There were power outages around town, especially in the area of Jones Ferry Road and Old Fayetteville Road. Due to power outages at Anderson Community Park, the public restrooms are currently closed.
Weather and Local Information
Just as crews check for issues on public property, residents can help ensure the drainage systems in their yards and neighborhoods continue functioning properly after a storm.
Report Power Outages
A power outage is NOT an emergency. Please call your local power company to report an outage.
Duke Energy - https://www.duke-energy.com/outages ;
- Contact the Customer Service line at 800-777-9898 to report and learn why there is an outage.
- Sign up for text messages to alert you of outages at your home, the estimated restoration time, and (afterward) the cause. Text OUT to 57801.
- Use the Duke Energy app. https://www.duke-energy.com/home/products/duke-energy-app ;
- Call 800-449-2667 or 800-222-3107.
- Voice instructions will direct you through the system.
- Online: https://pemc.smarthub.coop/Login.html Text “pemc” to 800-222-3107. Then text “#out” to report an outage. For outage updates, text “#status”