CAPE HATTERAS – Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative continues to make progress on the execution of two solutions to restore power to Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island.
They now say the timeframe for complete power transmission restoration is 2-3 days after initially stating it would be approximately 6-10 days Tuesday afternoon. Later Tuesday evening, CHEC said it would take 4-6 days for power restoration.
In an update posted Wednesday evening, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative said crews with Lee Electrical construction had successfully installed all three cables needed for the overhead solution and New River Electrical is now working to connect these cables to the power grid.
Once construction of the new line is complete and all of the cables are connected, the next step will be for CHEC to energize the line. The new line will need to stay energized for 12-24 hours before electricity can be gradually introduced.
This timeframe also includes the time required for testing before service can begin again. CHEC is also working with Dare County officials to coordinate the safe return of visitors as soon as possible.
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