Thousands of customers without power across the Outer Banks

29 July, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Massive Outer Banks Power Outage

Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands after a widespread power outage south of the Bonner Bridge.

Hyde County issued a mandatory evacuation order for Ocracoke.

Sandi Beck, 52, of Trinity, North Carolina, said she and her husband were in Avon when power went out.

As of 3:00 p.m.: 2386 people evacuated, 893 cars.

The cooperative said additional portable generators arrived on the island Friday morning, with more on the way.

Hyde and Dare county officials issued a state of emergency, the Raleigh News and Observer reported. Crews from PCL Construction accidentally drove a steel cable into the transmission cable while building the new Bonner Bridge.

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PCL says they're working with NC DOT to figure out exactly how it happened.

"This declaration will allow us to move much needed resources through the state as quickly as possible to help restore the power to Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands", Cooper said.

The website warned: "Remember: conservation keeps the power on!"

Tideland Electric Membership Cooperation is recommending residents to shut off all non-essential breakers and to limit the use of refrigerators and fans when the power comes back on.

"These generators will only be able to run if load is at minimal levels and everyone is conserving", CHEC said in a press release. The water is safe to drink, however. Ten portable generators are also being brought in, Ertle said.

"Depending on the extent of the repairs and the specialized materials required, transmission repairs could take anywhere from days to weeks to complete", the Hyde County statement warned.

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CHEC provides power to the seven Hatteras Island villages and its transmission cable goes underneath Hatteras Inlet and into Okracoke. All three generators were expected to be on the island Friday. He said a large group was booked for Thursday but dwindled to a handful of people after most tourists left the island.

The Lexington, North Carolina, resident had to cut short her yearly vacation with her husband and two children, and they were among the last cars on a packed ferry Friday morning. "I'm a little bummed that the power has gotten in the way, but, 'til next time".

"We know that people are spending a lot of money to come down here and they look forward to their vacation on Hatteras Island every year", Ertle said.

Temple said Friday they had arrived hoping to take an 8:30 a.m. ferry, but the crowd waiting to board pushed their departure an hour later.

It was a good beach day, at least.

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