POWER PROGRESS: Mainland and Island Fully Restored

After more than 48 hours, power has now been fully restored for people who were left in the dark thanks to Hurricane Arthur.

On Saturday morning, Duke Energy still showed more than 1,200 people without electricity in Carteret County while Tiddeland EMC was flying in cross-arms to get power poles fixed on Ocracoke Island.

By early Sunday morning, Carteret County only showed one outage on the Duke Energy maps.

Tideland EMC said they had power fully restored to Ocracoke Island by 9:35 p.m. Saturday.

Ocracoke is no longer under a state of emergency and ferry service is back up and running.


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A day after Arthur took down power poles and snapped lines, more people along the coast are plugging in and enjoying air conditioning Saturday morning.

However, there are still more than a thousand people along the Outer Banks waiting as crews work feverishly to get them back on the grid.

On Saturday morning, Duke Energy showed the only eastern North Carolina county with a power problem was Carteret. By their numbers, 1,305 people were still in the dark around 10:15 a.m. That number is a drastic decrease from the nearly 17,000 without power Thursday night into Friday morning.

Tideland EMC said all their mainland customers were fully restored Friday night.

People on Ocracoke are getting intermittent, emergency power thanks to a generator owned by North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation on the island.

Heidi Smith, a spokeswoman for Tideland EMC, said they had to section off the island into three parts because the three megawatt generator could not supply everyone.

On Saturday, circuits will have to share power. They will be on for three hours, then shut off for six on a rotating shift.

Crews said 45 poles were severely damaged along Highway 12.

Around 7:30 Saturday morning, a helicopter reportedly lifted off from Beaufort County to fly out cross arms to Hatteras Island to fix poles near the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

People along Hatteras Island are asked to conserve energy as much as they can while repairs are underway.


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Duke Energy and North Carolina's electric cooperatives said less than 9,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity.

Duke Energy expects to restore power to all its customers except hardest hit Morehead City by the end of Friday.

Tideland EMC says it likely will be Sunday before power is fully restored on Ocracoke Island.

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As the sun is rising across eastern North Carolina, we are getting a better look at damages left in the path of Hurricane Arthur. One of the biggest issues has been power outages.

State Emergency Operations spokesman Rick Martinez told the Associated Press 41,500 customers were without power Friday morning after Arthur. He said Carteret County had 11,000 outages, the most of any county.

Below is a look at the latest numbers from area providers as of 7:30 a.m. Friday.

By far the largest power outage has been for Duke Energy customers in Carteret County. At last check, 10,774 of their customers were in the dark. At the highest point of outages, nearly 17,000 people were in the dark on Duke's grid.

In Craven County, Duke reported 1,508 people without power while Tideland EMC added 100 to that number. The total adds up to 1,609 people without power.

Between Carteret and Craven county, up to 14,000 additional people, who are supplied by Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC), are without power.

In Beaufort County, Tideland reported 1,064 people off the grid and Duke Energy had 449 customers in the dark. That puts the county total at 1,513.

Pamlico County saw large fluctuations on outages overnight. The current numbers from Duke Energy show 669 in the dark and 2,430 Tideland EMC customers also without electricity. The total there is 3,099.

Tideland EMC reported earlier that 30 poles were knocked down along the Outer Banks and crews were working to start restoring power, however they did not expect full restoration by the end of Friday. Between Hyde and Dare counties, nearly 3,000 people are without power.


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Hurricane Arthur brought winds registering at nearly 100 miles per hour along parts of the coast. Along with the wind came the power outages.

We are continuing to update this story. The numbers you see below were as of 3:45 a.m. Friday.

Duke Energy showed more than half of their Carteret County customers in the dark. More than 16,600 outages were reported.

Craven County had 1,173 Duke Energy customers without power around 4 a.m. At last check, there were 647 Tideland EMC customers in Craven County also in the dark.

Tideland EMC was reporting about 752 people without power in Beaufort County around 10 p.m., but after 4 a.m., that number dropped to 253.

Power outages in Pamlico County have bee multiplying as we get closer to sunrise. At midnight, 366 outages were reported. Within two hours, that number jumped to 1,853. At the 3:45 a.m. check, Tideland EMC reported 2,517 Pamlico County customers were off the grid.

We'll continue to update the story as we continue to check on outages.

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As Hurricane Arthur moves across Eastern Carolina, thousands of people are without power.

Duke Energy showed multiple outages with more than 16,600 people without power in Carteret County.

Craven County had 1,169 Duke Energy customers without power around 2 a.m. At last check, there were 647 Tideland EMC customers in Craven County

Tideland EMC was reporting about 752 people without power in Beaufort County around 10 p.m., but after 2 a.m., that number dropped to 233.

Power outages in Pamlico County have increased rapidly overnight. The number by 2 a.m. was more than five times the number of people in the dark at midnight. By 2:20 a.m. 1,853 people were in the dark, according to Tideland EMC.

We'll continue to update the story as we continue to check on outages.


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As Hurricane Arthur moves across Eastern Carolina, thousands of people are without power.

Duke Energy shows multiple outages with more than 8,000 people without power in Carteret County.

Craven County has 120 people without power.

Tideland EMC was reporting about 752 people without power in Beaufort County, but power has been restored for most of those people.

Tideland says about 676 people in Craven are now without power.

There are 117 without power in Pamlico County.

We'll continue to update the story as we continue to check on outages.


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