Tourists leave North Carolina is­land; lo­cal busi­nesses hurt

Woonsocket Call - - Business/local - By SEANNA ADCOX As­so­ci­ated Press

A “steady stream” of tourists left a North Carolina is­land Satur­day un­der evac­u­a­tion or­ders prompted by a wide­spread power out­age, wip­ing out a sig­nif­i­cant chunk of the lu­cra­tive sum­mer months for lo­cal busi­nesses.

It could take days or weeks to re­pair an un­der­ground trans­mis­sion line dam­aged early Thurs­day by con­struc­tion crews work­ing on a new bridge be­tween is­lands. The con­struc­tion com­pany drove a steel cas­ing into an un­der­ground trans­mis­sion line, caus­ing black­outs on Ocra­coke and Hat­teras is­lands.

As of 2 p.m. Satur­day, North Carolina fer­ries had evac­u­ated about 3,800 peo­ple and 1,500 cars from both is­lands, ac­cord­ing to Gov. Roy Cooper's of­fice.

Cooper said he called lo­cal of­fi­cials to pledge state help.

“We'll do all we can to get re­pairs mov­ing,” he said in a re­lease Satur­day.

Dare County spokes­woman Dorothy Hester had no es­ti­mate for how many peo­ple still needed to leave Hat­teras Is­land.

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