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2010: UPDATE: Progess in Power Restoration Dare Counties

All power is back on in Hyde County, according to Emergency Management.

Power has been fully restored to the residents of Ocracoke Island, accoriding to Heidi Jernigan Smith, Manager of Corporate Communications.

Tideland Electric Membership Corporation says power in Hyde and Dare counties is now largely contained to the mainland.

Smith says the cooperative’s power outages are now limited to 14 consumers in Dare County and 70 consumers in Hyde County.

At the height of the storm, 6,412 Tideland consumers closest to the hurricane were without power.

Tideland crews, accompanied by linemen from sister co-op Central Electric Membership Corporation in Sanford, NC, set out at dawn this morning to begin repairs.

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Tideland Electric Membership Corporation says power in Hyde and Dare counties is now largely contained to the mainland.

As of 11:30 a.m., 2,005 consumers remained without power, down from a high of 6,412 at the height of the storm. All but a handful of consumers have had power restored in mainland Hyde County.

Officials say power has also been restored to the Dare County community of East Lake.

The damage assessment at Ocracoke is complete and the island’s utility infrastructure is in good condition say Heidi Jernigan Smith, Manager of Corporate Communications.

Smith says Tideland crews are straightening a few poles on the north end of Ocracoke Island along Highway 12 as they await the resumption of transmission service from Hatteras Island.

She adds, Tideland EMC expects power restoration to all affected consumers by early afternoon.

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Power is currently being restored to residents in Hyde and Dare counties, although, it may take longer for some.

Tideland Electric Membership Corporation officials say they're making steady progress restoring power to areas affected by Hurricane Earl.

The cooperative’s power outages are contained to Hyde and Dare counties, including Ocracoke Island.

As of 9:45 a.m., 2,536 consumers were without power, down from a high of
6,412 three hours earlier. . Power has been restored to 3,876 consumers in mainland Hyde County largely in the communities of Fairfield and Engelhard.

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Hurricane Earl may have spared the North Carolina Coast a direct hit, but the storm is hitting Hyde County hard in the form of power outages.

Emergency management officials say 90% of Hyde County has lost power, all points east of the Swan Quarter Bypass.

The county is served by Tideland Electric. Officials could not say for sure whether the wind was responsible for the outages, but said high wind gusts have been reported. The power went out on mainland Hyde County at 2 a.m. It went out on Ocracoke at 3 a.m.

Some electricity crews are already working on finding the problems and fixing them. Officials say up to 30 more people from other electric companies would be coming to Hyde County to help restore power Friday.

Tideland EMC expects the power to be restored to all mainland areas today. The damage assessment at Ocracoke is ongoing.

Tideland serves Dare and Hyde Counties, and between the two, the number of people without power was 6,412 as of 6 a.m. The bulk of the outages are in Hyde County.


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