Thousands In Onslow County Get Power Back; Ocracoke Restored Too

Power has been restored for thousands of residents in Jacksonville and on Ocracoke Island.

Around 2:15 p.m. Tideland Electric said power to Ocracoke Island was back on. The 1300 customers lost electricity around 5:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, 3706 customers were without power in Jacksonville for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation's website shows the outages started around 1:25 p.m. The utility says a weather-related equipment failure in a substation off Western Boulevard caused the outage.

People on Ocracoke Island on Hyde County are being asked to start conserving energy immediately in their homes, to help keep the lights on for the entire island.

Tideland Electric said the power went out at 5:35 a.m. on the island. Crews discovered one set of crossbars down, along with six spans of power lines down. Their attempts to restore power, however, have been hampered the heavy load requirements being put on the system.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., Tideland said it would be using reverse 911 calls to ask people to begin practicing conservation efforts immediately.

The utility says 1,293 customers have been affected by the outage.

Ocracoke Island has lost power, according to Tideland Electric.

The utility says the entire island lost power around 5:35 a.m. Some 1293 customers are affected by the outage.

Tideland says crews have found one pair of broken crossarms. At 6:40 a.m., the utility said repairs would be underway shortly.

Tideland also says they sent additional crews to Ocracoke before the storm hit.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative says there have a been a few outages because of the winter storm.

Most of the scattered outages were due to blown fuses because of increased demand for power.

At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, 48 people in Morehead City were without power, according to Duke Energy. The outage began at 1:30 a.m., and Duke Power estimated the power would be restored by 9:15 a.m.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday night, Duke Energy reported about 1,300 customers without power. According to its website, the Eastern North Carolina towns of Stacy and Atlantic were affected. As of 9 p.m. the customers power was restored.

To view the Duke Energy outage map, click the related link.

To report an outage call 1-800-419-6356.