BURGAW- Pender County Emergency Management and Pender County EMS & Fire monitored the storms that crossed Pender County this morning, April 13.

“We have several reports of trees and power lines down,” Carson Smith, Pender County Emergency Management Interim Director, said. “Fortunately, we have not received reports of injury or loss of life.”

Harsh winds cut a swath of damage from US 421 and Blueberry Road northeast across the Long Creek area, US 117 at Ashton, and Shaw Highway near Holly Shelter.

The storm caused some structural damage, most of it minor with a few agricultural buildings and other non-residential buildings destroyed.

The National Weather Service is surveying the morning conditions to determine if a tornado touched down.

Four County Electric is reporting power outages. To report an outage, call 888-368-7289. Duke Energy’s reporting telephone number is 800-769-3766. Both electric companies report crews are working to restore power.

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