Hatteras and Ocracoke Island Power Outage – What We Know So Far
Here is a briefing on everything we know about the power outage on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as of Thursday, 2:30 p.m.
Information on the Power Outage Itself:
4:30 a.m. on Thursday, the breaker at Oregon Inlet opened, causing a
power outage for all of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Cape Hatteras
Electric Cooperative (CHEC) crews were dispatched immediately to find
the source of the problem.
7 a.m., the source of the outage was determined to be a fault in a
transmission cable that is attached to the Bonner Bridge. It was later
confirmed that PCL Construction, the company constructing the new
Bonner Bridge, had driven a steel
casing into the underground
transmission cable that runs between the south end of the Bonner Bridge
and the overhead riser pole, causing the current transmission outage.
with its transmission contractor, CHEC is assessing the extent of the
damage and planning for the ensuing repairs. Assuming that the
cooperative has the materials on hand to fix the damage, repairs could
take several days to complete. If materials are not available
locally, however, repairs could take weeks.
Information on Generator Power for the Islands:
is working to bring the diesel generators online. All of Buxton and
Frisco villages are currently running on generator power, and CHEC has
also picked up one circuit in Hatteras village.
portable generators have arrived on Hatteras Island. One is being
hooked up in the Avon substation and the other is being hooked up in
the Waves substation. A rolling blackout schedule is expected soon, as
is a time frame for the power outage itself.
Membership Corporation's attempt to operate the Ocracoke generator
earlier today was unsuccessful and resulted in damage that renders it
mobile generators will arrive on Ocracoke Island on Friday on to
operate the three island circuits starting tomorrow evening. With
strict conservation, Tideland hopes to avoid rotating outages once
generator power is in place.
Tideland, this will completely depend upon everyone on the island doing
their part. Please make sure all large breakers and non-essential
appliances / electronics / etc. are turned off and / or unplugged.
of 5:00 p.m., the Hyde County Board of Commissioners has issued a
mandatory evacuation of all non-residents. There is no deadline on when
visitors must be off the island but it is requested that all visitors
please attempt to be off the island by noon tomorrow. Ferries are
currently running on their normal schedules, and Dare County officials
are requesting that visitors that are evacuating via the Hatteras Ferry
please try and get north of Oregon Inlet before attempting to get gas
or find lodging as their resources are being affected by the same
visitors and residents are asked to TURN OFF AIR CONDITIONERS and
minimize other electrical usage. Generator power is only possible if
load is at minimal levels and everyone is conserving.
organizations have stressed that the cooperation of all residents and
visitors in conserving energy is required in order to ensure that
generator power can continue. Please turn off AC units and use power at
the bare minimum..