Ocracoke residents, businesses urged to conserve power after major mechanical failure

OCRACOKE, N.C. (WNCT) – Residents and business owners are asked to conserve electricity after a major mechanical failure out on Ocracoke.

Tideland Electric Membership Corporation said overnight Thursday there were two outages; one at 2:28 at Hatteras, thought to be the result of salt accumulation on power lines, which was restored at 4:18 and the other at 5:48 at Tideland’s Ocracoke substation. Tideland noted that meters north of the village have power but 1,318 meters in the village don’t have power.

The cause of the outage will require a major equipment replacement at Ocracoke. To make that happen, heavy equipment is being transported to the island via the Swan Quarter ferry.

In the meantime, the Ocracoke generator was started and is now providing electric service to the island. Tideland said it’s critically important for island residents and business owners to conserve electricity so the NCEMC generator isn’t overloaded.



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