Power outage Ocracoke NC July 2017
Visitors and residents flocked this morning to the Variety Store, which has a generator, for coffee during the power outage. Photo: C. Leinbach

N.C. Press Association award-winner, 2017.

July 27, 2017

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.

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  1. The power outage and inconvenience we are inexcusable. That is totally negligence on the electric co and Bonner bridge builders for doing what they did. Both should be held accountable for business and personal inconvenience. If one digs on their property, they are suppose to notify the phone co or anyone else having underground wiring or cable. A class action lawsuit is the only, fix it, to this negligence. A. Mutro

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