RODANTHE, N.C. — The Latest on efforts to restore electricity to a portion of North Carolina’s Outer Banks evacuated of tourists after a construction accident cut power lines (all times local):
Electricity crews on North Carolina’s Outer Banks are working to find and install enough generators to let tourists back onto more than 70 miles (110 kilometers) of ocean beaches within the next two weeks.
Spokeswomen for utilities supplying power to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands said Monday that they’re adding generators to get visitors back in the middle of vacation season.
About 50,000 visitors to the two Outer Banks islands were forced to leave when construction crews building a new bridge sliced through power lines four days ago. Repair crews are digging up damaged cables to splice together. Another option is running an overhead transmission line for less than a mile until it connects with existing lines.
Gov. Roy Cooper is visiting the scene Monday.
Crews are taking two approaches to restore power to two North Carolina Outer Banks islands.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Laura Ertle said in a statement that crews are digging up damaged cables to splice together. The utility also is looking at an overhead transmission line from the Bonner Bridge to existing lines on Hatteras Island.
Ertle said crews are working on both plans until it’s clear which is fastest and safest. She says depending on the approach, repairs could take one to two weeks.
Tourists were evacuated from Hatteras and Ocracoke islands because of Thursday’s outage.
Gov. Roy Cooper is visiting the bridge Monday where three transmission cables were damaged by a construction crew. Cooper also will visit businesses in Rodanthe, south of the bridge on Hatteras Island.