OUTER BANKS — Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and contract crews continue to construct a new overhead line to restore transmission power to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands as quickly and safely as possible, Tideland EMC announced today.
The restoration time frame is now one to two days.
Crews worked late into the night to connect the new overhead cables to the grid. That work is expected to be complete this morning and the cooperative will begin to energize the new line. Next, the new line will need to stay energized for several hours while the cooperative tests the cables.
After testing, the cooperative will begin to gradually introduce electrical load to the line. Resident on Hatteras Island in the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton will experience outages while the cooperative works to take these circuits off of generator power and energize them with the repaired transmission line. The cooperative said it will work to give these villages notice of impending outages.
Both the cooperative and Tideland EMC are in daily meetings with 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.
There are no planned generator maintenance outages scheduled for Ocracoke Thursday.
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.