Outer Banks power re­stored af­ter 8 days

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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.

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