From our news services (Story corrected/revised from a previously published version.)
Starting at 11:59 tonight (Tuesday), Ocracoke will lose telephone and data services for several hours due to work on the 10,000 feet of submarine electric cable being installed between Hatteras and Ocracoke Island.
The telephone and data services are expected to be restored before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The work will also require the use of the generator on Ocracoke to provide electricity beginning 11:59 p.m. tonight.
Hyde County Public Information Officer Donnie Shumate explained that the U.S. Cellular tower on the island has a microwave link to the mainland that should allow 911 calls to go through should they be needed.
Tideland EMC expects that the generator will be able to handle the load for the entire island from late Tuesday night and through all daylight hours Wednesday. While Tideland expects the island to be energized with mainland power early Wednesday evening, it asks that residents on Ocracoke conserve power while the island is running on the generator.
For more information, see this prior story.