Visitors ordered to evacuate Ocracoke Island due to power outage
The Ocracoke Observer
the wake of a power outage early this morning on Ocracoke Island, the
Hyde County Board of Commissioners has issued a mandatory evacuation of
all non-residents starting at 5 p.m. today.
There is no deadline
on when visitors must be off the island but the county requests that
all visitors please attempt to be off the island by noon Friday.
are running on their normal schedules. Dare County officials are
requesting that visitors evacuating via the Hatteras Ferry try to get
north of Oregon Inlet before attempting to get gas or find lodging.
Their resources are being affected by the same outage.
Electric Cooperative said on its website no one will be allowed on the
island unless they can prove residency. The duration of the
evacuation is unknown.
Tideland said that PCL Construction, the
contractors building the new Bonner Bridge, drove a piling through the
underground cable between the southern end of Bonner Bridge at the
Oregon Inlet and the first riser pole on Hatteras Island. This cut the
power at 4:30 a.m. today.
Crews will arrive at Oregon Inlet
tonight to assess the damage. Depending on the extent of the repairs
and the specialized materials required, transmission repairs could take
anywhere from days to weeks to complete.
attempt to operate the Ocracoke generator was unsuccessful after a
10-minute run time and resulted in equipment damage that currently
renders the generator inoperable.
Tideland said it has located
three mobile generators that will be transported to the island to run
the island’s three circuits to avoid rotating service schedules.
three generators should all be on the island on Friday, July 28. The
earliest residents can expect electric service to resume will be Friday
However, before they throw the switch, it will be
crucial for residents to turn off HVAC and other large-electric load
appliances, said Darlene Styron, owner of the Sweet Tooth and a member
of the Ocracoke Advisory Control Group, which advises the Hyde County
Commissioners on emergencies.
Tideland said the success of
operating the island on generator power depends entirely on people
observing the strictest conservation habits possible.
asks all to immediately shut off all non-essential breakers and to
limit electric use to refrigeration and fans when you do receive power.
While you may be tempted to do so, we ask that you not use air conditioning systems when generator power is established.
Tideland will notify members as the generators are installed and as they begin to come on line.
Styron did not know if Dare County, in which Hatteras is located, had ordered an evacuation.
state Health and Human Services Dept. gave a few general
recommendations to keep as cool as possible when power outages occur.
- Stay hydrated, drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Set up a buddy system, check on a friend or neighbor and have someone
do the same for you. Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make
you and your house hotter.
- Open windows, where possible to allow a cross breeze to cool your house.
- Wear loose and lightweight clothing. Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
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