City enacts 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew

By Sherry Matthews Editor

February 12, 2014

City of Clinton officials just announced they will enact a curfew from 11 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow, a move precipitated by earlier power outages in the downtown area.

Clinton Mayor Lew Starling said after consultation with public safety officials, it was determined that a curfew was in the citizens’ best interest.

“It’s bad out here,” Starling said. “We have had power outages, stoplights were out. We just need people to be home and off the streets for their own safety.”

Starling has been out with other safety officials assessing roads and outages across the city since early evening, when it was reported that portions of downtown Clinton were in the dark. Among the areas without power were Elizabeth, John, Lisbon and Main Street, along with portions of Southeast Boulevard near Nissan of Clinton. That power has since been restored.

With temperatures at or below freezing across the area, residents took to Facebook to post a bevy of outages, many of them in the southern end of the county.

“And now the power’s out,” wrote one resident who lives on Rackley Road, just off N.C. 24.

Others in the Harrells area, posted their own sad news early in the evening detailing how once fluffy powder had turned into icicles hanging from tree limbs and awnings.

Among areas known to be without power, include along Turkey Highway where a reported 950 Duke Energy customers were home in the dark. A majority of southern Sampson, too, was experiencing power outages, including Harrells, Ivanhoe, Harrells and Parkersburg.

Assessments are under way.