Crews begin to dig for broken transmission line on Outer Banks


HATTERAS, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – An image tweeted by TidelandEMC shows crews attempting to dig to the damaged transmission line that caused power outages on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in Hyde and Dare counties after a construction company caused a power outage, leaving people searching for a place to eat, stay cool or resume interrupted vacations.

A mandatory evacuation is in place four tourists on Ocracoke. Any one who fails to leave an evacuated could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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No one will be allowed onto the island unless they can prove residency, officials said.

As of 11:30 a.m., the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division reported 1,849 people and 683 vehicles had been evacuated from the island.

The power went out about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Officials said about 9,000 customers are without power on the two islands — about 7,700 on Hatteras and another 1,300 on Ocracoke.

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