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Figure Eight Island's main road was covered in three feet of sand, and some homes had enough sand scoured from their yards to expose parts of septic systems. Hurricane-force winds of at least 75 mph extended miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds of 39 mph or more reached miles to the north. Boat owners scrambled to tie down their vessels or get them out of the water. The portion of Kure Beach Pier that survived Bertha was destroyed. Bulldog field was flooded for over a week after the storm, until finally the standing water was pumped across U. Fran also destroyed the Basketball Gym on the Campus of St. The storm warnings caused particular anxiety among residents of Charleston, S. Federal Emergency Managemeny Agency Director James Lee Witt said six tractor-trailers loaded with cots, tents, generators, blankets and other supplies were ready to go to the Southeast. Extensive flooding struck the coast around Wrightsville Beach , just up the coast from Cape Fear.

The storm is massive. Reports stateturkeys and chickens were killed. Hurricane Fran's thrashing of North Carolina aggravated the state's problems caused by numerous weather disasters in Tides of 3 to 6 feet above normal were predicted to lash the Southeast coastline, and if Fran pushes inland, it would bring a threat of flooding rains well into the Appalachian Mountains.

A hurricane warning extended from north of Brunswick, Ga.

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Some cars and homes were damaged after being struck by fallen trees. Advertisement Unlike Hurricane Edouard, which brushed the Northeast with heavy winds and rains over the Labor Day weekend but whose most-punishing winds were kept out to sea, hurricane forecasters expect Fran to make a direct hit, sending its eyewall and its strongest winds over the coastline. Unexpectedly, high wind damage extended along the I corridor up through Raleigh and points north and as far west as Guilford County , damaging historic buildings and trees throughout the Triangle including at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina [20] Classes were canceled for the day at UNC due to a state of emergency in Chapel Hill, and it was almost a week before the university's water supply was drinkable again. Bulldog field was flooded for over a week after the storm, until finally the standing water was pumped across U. North Topsail Beach lost an entire row of beachfront homes and a foot section of highway A portion of the roadway leading up to the Highway 17 bridge in downtown New Bern was washed out. Earlier Wednesday, as Fran skirted north of the Bahamas, its sustained winds grew to mph and National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami said the hurricane could grow into a Category 4 storm, with winds of at least mph, over the warm Gulf Stream. Three feet of sand was left behind on parts of Carolina Beach Ave. In Wilmington, 75 percent of homes sustained some damage, with 24 percent sustaining major damage.

At one point Lake Waccamaw was reportedly 26 inches above the dam spillway. Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach were completely closed to all but emergency workers.

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Numerous trees were felled by the winds, leaving roughly 60, residents without power. Hurricane-force winds of at least 75 mph extended miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds of 39 mph or more reached miles to the north. Hurricane Fran also destroyed 3 piers in Surf City. However, the Coast Guard rescued all five persons without incident. Fran destroyed about homes, mostly from flooding, and people had to be rescued. Storm surge and beach erosion claimed a small number of beach houses on Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach. According to the Wilmington Star-News, Fran knocked out electricity for 1. Earlier Wednesday, as Fran skirted north of the Bahamas, its sustained winds grew to mph and National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami said the hurricane could grow into a Category 4 storm, with winds of at least mph, over the warm Gulf Stream. In Columbus County about two-thirds of the county residents lost power due to downed trees. Throughout the region, local officials prepared to open emergency shelters to take in those fleeing the coast. The storm warnings caused particular anxiety among residents of Charleston, S. Atlantis also had been pushed back to its assembly building in July when Hurricane Bertha threatened the Florida coast. Thousands of tall oaks crashed to the ground during the hurricane-force gusts, with power lines and houses subsequently damaged.

The Cape Fear River crested about seven feet above flood stage at Lock and Dam 2 in Elizabethtown, but at Lock and Dam 3 near the Cumberland County line the river reached 17 feet above flood stage. That tropical depression was well east of the Lesser Antilles and marching to the west.

Most of the island's dunes were flattened and sand covered most residential roads near the beach. A portion of the roadway leading up to the Highway 17 bridge in downtown New Bern was washed out.

However, the Coast Guard rescued all five persons without incident.

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Hurricane Fran also destroyed 3 piers in Surf City.

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