"Today is going to be a better day." - Power
Outage Update for Friday 8:30 a.m.
By JOY CRIST
of Friday morning, three additional generators have arrived in Waves
and one additional generator has arrived in Avon to assist with
providing power to Hatteras Island.
more generators are scheduled to arrive on the island as well, with the
furthest ones coming from Jacksonville, Florida. In total, the island
will have nine generators which will help to ease the rolling blackout
going to improve it greatly,” said Laura Ertle, Director of Public
Relations for Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative. “Today is going to be
a better day. We still need people to conserve, but there is going to
be more power available today.”
It is also possible that Hatteras Island villages could have uninterrupted service once all generators are in place.
“As long as people conserve, we may be able to have uninterrupted service,” said Ertle. “But that means no air conditioners.”
Residents and visitors can run refrigerators, run fans, take a shower, etc., but are asked to keep the air conditioners off.
the tri-villages and Avon operated on a rotating blackout schedule,
however Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) crews had difficulty
in bringing the portable generators on-line with the current load in
those villages. CHEC
crews worked through the night to reduce the load and bring the generators on-line.
at the Bonner Bridge are also excavating the site of the faulty
transmission cable today to get a better idea of how long repairs will
take. “We’re hoping to have that information today,” said Ertle. “Once
they put eyes on it, that’s
when we’ll get an answer to the question of [how long].”
and visitors should also note that while there is an evacuation for
non-residents underway on Ocracoke Island, there are no plans for a
mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island at this time.
“The bridge is open, and the island is open,” said Ertle. “There is no talk of a Dare County evacuation.”