Updated 5:15 p.m.
Buxton, N.C.–Aug. 2, 2017, 2 p.m.
The following is from Tideland EMC:
Overhead Progress: Crews continue to construct the new overhead transmission line today. Lee Electrical Construction is installing the second of three cables needed for the overhead solution. New River Electrical is working to prepare the cables for connections on both ends of the new line, ensuring that transmission restoration will happen as quickly and safely as possible.
Timeframe: The time frame remains at three to five days from now. This includes the time required for testing after all construction is complete and before transmission service can begin.
Next update: More information will be shared this evening.
Both CHEC and Tideland EMC are in daily meetings with their respective county officials to discuss the timing of evacuation order modifications. Until then both Hatteras and Ocracoke islands remain subject to mandatory evacuation orders for non-residents.
Generation & distribution update specific to Ocracoke operations is unchanged from earlier updates.
There will be a generator maintenance outage on the South Circuit at 7:00 pm tonight (Aug 2). The outage will last 15 minutes.
Tideland is now allowing island residents to utilize air conditioning and water heating but may request that those loads be restricted once again depending on daily outdoor temperatures, generator reliability and utility load.
The success of operating the island on generator power depends entirely on everyone heeding our conservation calls when issued.
There is a mandatory evacuation order for visitors to Ocracoke Island and no one will be allowed on the island unless they can prove residency or property ownership. If you have not done so we highly encourage you to sign up for outage text or email messaging.
If you are a visitor to the island simply text TEMC to short code 85700 and then when prompted for an account number text the word Ocracoke and we’ll assign you to the Ocracoke substation group so you will receive island updates. (After you reply with Ocracoke you will receive another text asking for your account number. Just ignore it. We are manually overriding the account number requirement and coding your cell phone number to the proper messaging group. When you want to stop receiving our text messages simply text STOP to short code 85700 and you will be automatically unenrolled in the program.)