NEW INFO: Major Power Outage In Craven & Carteret Counties

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Thousands woke up without power Thursday.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative officials say 11,200 people lost power, served by their system. Officials say the power went out at 2:30 a.m. Thursday following a Progress Energy transmission outage.

Some students in Craven County were eating peanut butter & jelly and ham & cheese sandwiches for lunch as the power outage forced their kitchens to provide the alternative meal.

There are still an estimated 1300 Carteret-Craven customers in Havelock without power. Progress Energy reports all but three of their customers had power restored. At the height of the outage, Progress says 4700 of their customers were without power.

Havelock officials say power is slowly being restored to the eastern half of the city. As of 9:30, one small section on Highway 70, between Nunn and McCotter was still out.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative officials say the outage knocked out power to customers served by a substation on the east end of Havelock, as well as Harlowe and Laurel Road, Otway, Harkers Island and Atlantic.

Carteret-Craven Electric crews re-routed power from other substations to get the power flowing to as many of their customers as possible.

A Progress Energy spokesperson tells WITN a line went down in a swamp at the New River substation in Havelock, which means crews will have to reset the entire pole. The spokesperson said the outage hit 5,281 Progress Energy customers.

Some of the areas without power included Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Marshallburg, Smyrna and Williston.

Carteret County Schools told WITN buses are running Thursday morning, and school will begin at its normal time.