- Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:54
- Written by Super User
Click image for larger view: A winter storm brought ice, freezing rain and little snow to the New Hanover County area last week creating poor travel conditions and leaving many in southeastern North Carolina without power throughout the weekend. Ice on trees and power lines kept utility crews busy restoring power to over half of New Hanover County.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - A second 2014 winter storm caused by cold Canadian air dipping far south created icy conditions in New Hanover County last week. The storm arrived Tuesday February 11th, and brought sleet and freezing rain covering trees and power lines with a layer of ice. Road conditions in New Hanover County were not as severe as the previous January 28th, storm, but power outages and fallen trees caused County Officials to open a shelter at Coddington Elementary School.
About 50,000 (43%) were without power on February 13th in New Hanover County.
Schools and government offices were closed through Thursday due to poor weather conditions. Many businesses that still had power remained open throughout the storm.
There was erosion along area beaches. The Town of Carolina Beach warned the public of high drop-offs along the beachfront from the 1200 to 1600 block of Carolina Beach Avenue North.
New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington and Carolina Beach reported they will be picking up vegetative storm debris. (See page 1-A).
New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will use the following make-up schedule for the four days missed due to winter weather. These dates have been approved by the New Hanover County Board of Education. For traditional schools and Eaton Elementary school calendars (Codington Elementary will be an exception since they were closed an additional day to serve as an emergency shelter):
• Friday, February 14, 2014 was a full instructional day instead of a half day for students
• Friday, March 28, 2014 will be a full instructional day instead of a half day for students.
• Thursday, June 12, 2014 will be a full instructional day instead of a half day for students.
• Friday, June 13, 2014 will be a half day and the last day of school.
• There will be no Saturday make-up day on February 22, 2014 as previously announced.
• Fifteen minutes will be added to the start and end of each school day for a total of 30 additional minutes per day, for four weeks, starting Monday, March 3, 2014, through Friday, March 28, 2014. This will add ten instructional hours back into the calendar.
Early College calendars will be adjusted as needed in accordance to their college affiliation.