December 16, 2015



Running on Generators:
Today's report from CHEC

By IRENE NOLAN

All 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 Inlet.

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 mid-December.

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.




             
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