Running on Generators:
Today's report from CHEC
By IRENE NOLAN
of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands have been running on generator power
since early Wednesday morning when work crews cut the transmission
cables that carry electricity down the island.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reported on its Facebook page that all is proceeding smoothly.
Cutting the transmission cables, relocating them, and then splicing
them back together is a project that must be completed before
contractors for the North Carolina Department of Transportation can
begin construction of the replacement for the Bonner Bridge over Oregon
Splicing the cables back together is expected to take seven days
from Dec. 16-22. During the power outage, all of Hatteras and Ocracoke
will be running on generators, with a maximum load capacity of 24
megawatts. According to CHEC, the load with today's mild
temperatures was running at about 10 megawatts.
According to the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City,
N.C., temperatures will remain mild until the passage of a strong cold
front on Friday when temperatures will drop to below the average for
The forecast calls for lows in the 40s Friday night with highs only
about 50 during the day on Saturday. Saturday night will be the
coldest of the winter season so far, with lows in the upper 30s to low
40s. Temperatures will rebound to about 55 Sunday and then to the 60s
early next week.
CHEC is asking members to start conserving power on Friday night for the cold weekend forecast.