Outer Banks Power Outage Could Last 1-2 More Days

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OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) said Thursday morning that power restoration to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands could take an estimated 1-2 days.

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A Facebook post from the Cooperative says they're 'continuing to to construct a new overload line to restore transmission power to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands as quickly and safely as possible.' Crews worked to connect new overhead cables to the grid.

That's after the power company made headway Tuesday on transmission restoration. They also completed installation of poles required for overhead transmission lines.

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On Wednesday, crews constructed the new overhead transmission line. They now have to connect the cables to the grid.

After the new line is complete and the cables are connected they’ll work to energize the line. 

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The new line will have to stay energized for 12-24 hours before the cooperative can begin to gradually introduce electrical load.

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The power company is also working with Dare County officials to coordinate the safe return of visitors.

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