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