Outer Banks power restored after 8 days
Vacationers are finally allowed back on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, eight days after a power outage forced the evacuation of all but permanent residents.
Reliable electricity was restored to the islands late Thursday via a quickly constructed aboveground transmission line. Starting at noon Friday, tourists were allowed back over the Bonner Bridge, which connects Hatteras Island to the northern part of the Outer Banks.
On July 28, construction crews working to replace the aging Bonner Bridge accidentally drove a steel casing into the underground cables that provide the islands with electricity. Though the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative’s generators could supply the islands’ 5,000 permanent residents with power, they couldn’t accommodate 60,000 tourists who vacation there in any given week.
The outage came at the height of tourist season and turned the bustling vacation spots into ghost towns.