Restoring power to impacted OBX residents slow, frustrating


SWAN QUARTER, Hyde County - While crews work to restore power to Ocracoke and Hatteras Island, questions remain about why it will take so long.

Officials say it could be days and maybe even weeks before power is fully restored to the impacted locations. Thousands of customers are still without power in the midst of the area's most popular tourist season. But a temporary solution may grant them power as soon as Friday night. Tourists saw their vacations cut short as Hyde County mandated non-residents to evacuate Ocracoke Island. The state Department of Transportation said Friday two 90,000-pound generators have been loaded onto a ferry bound for Ocracoke Island. The goal is to restore temporary power to much of the island by Friday evening. Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands went dark on Thursday when a construction company building a new bridge between two islands drove a steel casing into an underground transmission line. The state has scheduled regular fuel deliveries for the generators on daily ferry departures. Passengers and vehicles will also be allowed on those ferries, but space will be limited. As evacuees arrived at Swan Quarter, ferry crews worked to get the two large generators ready to send to Ocracoke. The generators joined a third one already on the island to provide limited power until the lines can be repaired.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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