NEW INFO: Carteret County Power Restored

Power has restored to thousands of people left in the cold this morning in Carteret County.

Progress Energy says power was turned back on around 9:11 a.m. to the last group of people who lost power shortly before 3:00 a.m.

Progress says at the height, some 13,000 customers were without power. It started with the failure of one of its transmission lines, and ended up impacting a total of three transmission lines.

Power was progressively restored throughout the morning. The electric utility says it's still investigating the cause of the outage and says it is possible the outage was weather-related.

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More than 2,800 people in Carteret County have lost power on this chilly morning.

Progress Energy says they are working to repair a transmission outage at the North River substation. They say the outage, stretching from Beaufort along the Core Sound to Portsmouth, started at 3 a.m. today. They hope to have the power restored by 9:30 a.m.

Officials at Progress Energy say at the height of the outage, there were a total of 14,000 without power, with three substations down. They can not determine at this time if the outage is weather related, however they suspect the wind is to blame. The wind at Beaufort has been gusting between 30 and 40 mph.

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