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Lincoln County ‘fared very well’ through hurricane season

The end of hurricane season has come, and Lincoln County has seen an abundance of rain and power outages.

On June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season began and ended on Nov. 30. It was predicted to be a busy season, and that prediction proved to be true.

There were 29 named hurricanes this year, which broke the record set in 2005. Along with breaking the record, the hurricanes were named with the Greek alphabet due to running out of English names. This has only ever happened twice in the past 160 years of weather observing.

As for Lincoln County, there was certainly an effect felt from this year’s hurricane season. Emergency Management Director Clifford Galey was grateful that nothing major occurred in the area.

“We had some minor effects from them this year, thankfully nothing major,” Galey said. “We were able to handle that here on a local level.”

Galey said the area saw minimal damage in downed trees and power lines. During Hurricane Delta, much of Brookhaven and Lincoln County saw power outages that lasted for days.

“We had some trees down and we had some major power outages for one of them,” Galey said. “We fared very well, we didn’t have too many homes with damage. We are very glad to see hurricane season over this year.”

According to the National Hurricane Center, there is currently a storm forming in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa. This is not normal, as hurricane season officially ended Nov. 30.

“It’s been a weird year,” Galey said. “It’s not going to affect us in the United States.”

 

Story by Gracie Byrne