Elec­tric­ity flows again to N.C. is­lands

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

RALEIGH, N.C. — Power was re­stored Thurs­day to two North Carolina is­lands af­ter a week­long black­out that hit the is­lands’ econ­omy at the height of the sum­mer va­ca­tion sea­son, util­ity of­fi­cials said.

Cape Hat­teras Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive is­sued a state­ment that trans­mis­sion lines were send­ing elec­tric­ity to Hat­teras and Ocra­coke.

Vis­i­tors will have un­re­stricted ac­cess to Hat­teras is­land start­ing at noon to­day, Dare County of­fi­cials said. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear when vis­i­tors would be al­lowed back on Ocra­coke, which is in a neigh­bor­ing county to the south. The county man­ager didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

Un­der­ground trans­mis­sion lines were dam­aged a week ago by con­struc­tion crews work­ing on a new bridge be­tween is­lands.

The black­out forced an es­ti­mated 50,000 vis­i­tors to leave the two is­lands, and oth­ers never made it to the pop­u­lar va­ca­tion spots be­cause of the evac­u­a­tion or­ders.

Vis­i­tors whose va­ca­tions were short­ened or can­celed are work­ing with travel in­sur­ance providers and prop­erty own­ers to re­coup lost money.

Busi­nesses, mean­while, have filed at least four law­suits against the con­struc­tion com­pany.

AP/The Vir­ginian-Pi­lot/STEVE EARLEY

Crews in Ro­dan­the, N.C., work to re­store power to Hat­teras Is­land, where the lights came back on Thurs­day.

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