Gusty winds cause problems in New Hanover County

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Gusty winds caused several problems for people throughout Southeastern North Carolina Wednesday.

There were several power outages and moderate damage across New Hanover County.

According to First Alert Meteorologist Robb Ellis, winds reached as high as 62 mph in Wrightsville Beach.  He added gusts over 40 mph were reported, with some trees falling around the Leland area. Funnel clouds were reported near Kenansville early this morning, as a first line of storms prompted Tornado Warnings and Watches.

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D.C. Virgo Middle School and Snipes Academy were without power for nearly two hours, but classes remained in session.

Resident Eddie Ortiz said he was looking forward to having some fun with his son on a new trampoline he just bought, but the wind picked up the trampoline, causing it to jump from one end of the yard to the other.

While Ortiz said he was glad no one was around to get hurt, but he is frustrated to be out $500 and stuck with a trampoline that is stuck in a tree.

"Now I know what to do in the future with high winds - don't leave anything that can blow around in your yard," said Ortiz.

The strong winds gave landscaper James Cliff a tough time planting trees along McRae Street.

"We have to lift them with a Bobcat," said Cliff.  "If the wind catches it and starts swinging, it could cause one of the boys to get hurt."

First Alert Meteorologist Robb Ellis said the winds are suppose to slow throughout the evening, and cooler temperatures will sneak in by Friday.

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