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Tropical Storm Idalia made her presence known as she swept through the southeastern United States, leaving behind a trail of destruction and chaos. This powerful storm initially formed as a hurricane off the coast of Florida, intensifying rapidly before making landfall. As Idalia now prepares to depart the region, residents are left to grapple with the aftermath, but the storm could have been worse for Bladen County, North Carolina.

In the early hours of the morning, Doppler radar detected intense thunderstorms generating heavy rainfall across the affected areas. This deluge of water has led to flooding and power outages across Bladen County.

Four County Electric Membership Corporation reported the following on their Facebook page this morning.

9:45 am update:
Bladen: 32
Duplin: 30
Pender: 1,420
Sampson: 260
Columbus: 19

7:55 am update:
Bladen: 113
Duplin: 129
Pender: 1,554
Sampson: 208
Columbus: 182

6:30 update:
Bladen: 198
Duplin: 532
Pender: 628
Sampson: 29
Columbus: 1

They also expressed gratitude for their lineworkers, saying, “Fueling up and heading out! Crews took a moment to grab a bite, check out the radar, and have a safety briefing before heading out to work on restoring power. We love our lineworkers!”

Photo Courtesy of Four County’s Facebook page.

The impact of Tropical Storm Idalia serves as a stark reminder of the importance of preparedness in the face of natural disasters. The residents of these affected regions have demonstrated resilience, banding together to support one another in times of crisis. Emergency response teams have been working around the clock, providing aid and assistance to those in need.

As Idalia finally prepares to depart the scene, the affected communities can now focus on recovery.

As Tropical Storm Idalia bids farewell to the southeastern United States, her impact will be assessed and recorded. The photos below were taken on Porter McKoy Road in Lisbon, NC.

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