December 17, 2015
Running on Generators: Today's report from CHEC
By IRENE NOLAN
second day of running all of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands on generator
power has been helped by temperatures that reached the low 70s and only
slightly hindered so far by rain showers.
At mid-afternoon on Thursday, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
reported on its Facebook page that all has been proceeding smoothly at
the work site just south of the Bonner Bridge.
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
According to CHEC, the load with Thursday's mild temperatures was running at about 10 megawatts -- the same as yesterday.
CHEC reports that the contractor on the job, New River Construction,
has tents -- with sides, if needed -- to protect the crews from
rain. The showers so far today have not been a problem, the
The National Weather Service is calling for heavier rains overnight and
the passage of a strong cold front Friday afternoon that will
bring much cooler temperatures and northwest winds gusting over 30 mph.
The forecast continues to call 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.
FOLLOWING THE OUTAGE IN REAL TIME
Hatteras and Ocracoke islanders can follow the progress of the project
and monitor the power usage in real time by following CHEC on Facebook
and Twitter. There will also be regular updates on Radio Hatteras
-- 101.5 FM -- and on The Island Free Press website.
CHEC will post real-time updates as needed, including information on power usage.
Here are the tips that CHEC is offering for conserving power during the
seven days that the island will be on generators -- especially for the
weekend, beginning Friday evening.
Lower the thermostat: If you have your heat on, consider lowering the
temperature by as much as 10 degrees. CHEC recommends a setting of 68
Consider cold water settings when washing your laundry.
Turn off the pre-rinse and heat-dry settings on your dishwasher.
Take advantage of blinds and curtains: Open them during the day,
especially on windows that face south. Let the sunshine in and warm
your home. Close them at night to help insulate.
Keep ceiling fans off. Although you may think that you are blowing down warm air, people also feel a chill from the flow of air.
Conserving power can be as simple as unplugging chargers for phones and tablets, which draw energy when they aren’t in use.
Please do not use electric space heaters.
The Editor's Blog: It will take a community to support seven days on generators.