Ocracoke has been without power since 4:30 this morning when a transmission cable strapped to the Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet lost power.
The outage is affecting all of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
At this time, there is no report on what caused the fault.
Crews from Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative are working on repairing the line and CHEC has advised people on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to be prepared for an extended power outage.
Tideland EMC’s initial attempt to operate the Ocracoke generator around 11:30 a.m. was unsuccessful after a total 10 minute run time.
Tideland urges all residents and visitors to heed the conservation warnings by shutting off (by breaker or unplugging) non-essential loads. Cut off water heater breakers, pools & hot tubs, and HVAC systems.
The Ocracoke Observer will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.
For updates, visit Tideland’s website here.