Ocracoke residents asked to conserve energy following morning outages

ORACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — Residents on Ocracoke Island are being encouraged to conserve energy in the wake of morning power outages.

Donnie Shumate, Ocracoke IT manager, tells WAVY.com the first outage was reported on the Hatteras side at 2:14 a.m. Power was eventually resorted at 4:18 a.m.

Power went back down around 5:45 a.m., this time on the Ocracoke side. Shumate says the village has been running on generator power since around 5:30 a.m.

Shumate says it is recommended that everyone conserve energy.

Tideland EMC posted on its website that the load on the Ocracoke generator was too high. Tideland  says residents should conserve energy or run the risk of losing generator service.

The outage was originally suspected to have been caused by salt accumulation. Hyde County Emergency Management posted on Facebook early Thursday morning that there was a “major mechanical failure” on Ocracoke.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for the latest on this developing news.