Power out for Hatteras, Ocracoke

Outer Banks power outage

Thousands were without power on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands on Thursday and officials were unsure when it will be restored.

July 27, 2017 1:00 p.m. - Tideland EMC will attempt to restore limited power to Ocracoke island with a generator.

A construction company says it drove a steel casing into an electric transmission cable while working on a new bridge on the North Carolina coast, causing a power outage affecting two islands on the state's Outer Banks.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reported on their Facebook page that crews are evaluating the problem, but residents of Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island should be prepared for an extended outage.

Transmission fix crews will arrive at Oregon Inlet on Friday evening to assess the damage.

CHEC is providing temporary power to Buxton, Frisco and part of Hatteras Village via the diesel generating plant. Assuming that the cooperative has the materials on hand, repairs could take several days to complete.

Tideland Electric said an attempt to run the Ocracoke generator failed Thursday, resulting in damage that could make it inoperable.

Three mobile generators will arrive on the island Friday to operate the three island circuits starting tomorrow evening.

According to CHEC, the outages have not impacted the local ferries, roads or bridges. So people in the area were asked to conserve energy by turning off AC units, water heaters and minimizing other electric use.

The Dare County Water Department also issued a water conservation alert to customers on Hatteras Island, because water production capacity has been diminished due to the outage. It is safe to drink.