NEW INFO: Fix For Persistent Power Problems

By: Carly Swain / Jerry Jones
By: Carly Swain / Jerry Jones

Tideland EMC said after 9,000 customers were left in the dark two nights in a row, they have found the problem and fixed it.

WITN viewers tell us power in Beaufort, Hyde, and Washington counties flickered around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday morning before going entirely dark at 12:30.

A similar issue happened around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, with power restored for customers later that morning.

On Wednesday, Dominion Power crews said they found a damaged transmission line insulator, which caused the two consecutive power outages.

Officials said the exact same 9,000 customers left in the dark Tuesday were affected by the second outage. Those customers included Tideland EMC members and the Town of Belhaven.

The Wednesday outage was restored by 4:30 a..m.


After 9,000 people were without power Tuesday night in three counties served by Tideland EMC, the same number were in the dark again Wednesday night.

Customers tell WITN power flickered in some service areas Tuesday night and came back on around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday morning before going dark entirely.

Tideland EMC said by 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 9,000 customers were in the dark again due to a transmission line failure.

By 2:20 Wednesday morning, 6,000 were still without power.

Dominion Power crews are working overnight to change out a transmission line insulator, according to officials.

The company's Facebook page noted they expect to restore power by 4:30 Wednesday morning.


Five hours after a main line transmission problem, power has been restored to thousands of homes in Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties.

Tideland EMC says the remaining 6,000 customers were restored around 9:30 a.m.

The problem began around 4:30 a.m. when 9,000 customers lost their power because a Dominion Power transmission line went down that supplies Tideland's power.

Several schools decided to close because of the outage.

Tideland says Dominion was unable to locate the cause of this morning's outage.

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One school system opted to cancel classes for some county schools and another county's elementary school will dismiss early as crews work to restore power to nearly 6,000 people.

Hyde County Schools said all mainland schools would not hold classes Tuesday due to the unexplained power outage.

At 9:15 a.m., parents of students at Northeastern Elementary in Beaufort County received notification they would dismiss classes at 10:30 a.m. as a precaution.

Beaufort County Schools says buses will be available at the early dismissal and students are being provided a bagged lunch.

Tideland EMC representatives say power is slowly coming back to 9,000 customers after an outage that stretched through Tuesday morning.

Residents in Beaufort and Hyde counties were in the dark around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when the company says Dominion Power lost transmission service near Wharton Station.

By 6:15 a.m., 6,000 people were still without power as crews worked to restore electricity.

No word yet on what caused the outage and officials have not pin-pointed a time when all customers can expect full restoration.

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