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Power restored to Ocracoke, island back open to visitors

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Power was fully restored to Ocracoke Island at 9:35 p.m., Saturday, July 5th. The island is no longer under a state of emergency and non-resident travel to the island may resume.

Hatteras Island has also been opened to all visitors, after much of Highway 12 was damaged following Hurricane Arthur.

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Crews are still working to restore power in coastal communities following Hurricane Arthur.

Outage numbers now stand at 6,300, down from a peak of 23,000.

There are more than 200 electric cooperative line workers and contractors working to restore the remaining outages as fast and safely as possible.
Out on Ocracoke Island, Tideland EMC in Pantego and North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation are working to energize stand-alone diesel generation while permanent restoration is being completed. Tideland EMC estimates restoration by late Sunday evening.

Officials with the electric cooperatives offer two important reminders; If you are using a portable generator, be sure the generator is located outside your house for proper ventilation, and remember to never touch a downed power line. Treat all power lines as if they are energized and dangerous.

A list of outage reporting numbers for each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives can be found at http://ncelectriccooperatives.com/storm/outages.htm. ;

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve about 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.              

Meanwhile, about 6,000 Duke Energy customers are still without power as 800 line techs work to restore their power.

The company expects to restore electricity by late Friday in most areas, except hardest-hit Morehead City. That work won’t likely be completed until late Saturday.

A total of 83,400 customers lost power at some point during the storm with the highest number of outages at one time rising to 22,000 at 11 p.m. Thursday.

Customers who are without power can get up-to-date restoration times by calling the company’s automated outage-reporting system -- 800-419-6356.
Outage totals and restoration information are also available on Duke Energy’s online outage map at www.duke-energy.com/storm.

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