Update: Power restored to Hatteras, Ocracoke after outage

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OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WAVY) — Two islands on the south end of the Outer Banks had power restored around 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning after an outage Friday night.

Because of a transmission outage on Hatteras Island, 7,500 customers on Hatteras and 1,292 customers on Ocracoke Island were without power.

A Cape Hatteras Electrical Cooperative spokesperson said wind and freezing rain slapped lines against each other, causing the outage.

Heidi Smith with Tideland Electrical Membership Cooperative said a generator with a 3 megawatt capacity provided power to Ocracoke, but the cooperative  notified the community not to use power for anything other than heat.

If consumers don’t do that to conserve energy, Tideland has to schedule power on rotating service so that everyone on the island can heat their homes.

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