Communication 15: 8/3 at 10 a.m.

 

CHEC and crews from around the state remain hard at work around the clock to restore power to the Island, and the timeline estimate for full restoration is now 1-2 days. Outer Beaches is optimistic we will be able to welcome this weekend’s check-ins with little to no interruption to your stay provided all power restoration efforts continue as anticipated.

FROM THE LATEST CHEC UPDATE:

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and contract crews continue to construct a new overhead line to restore transmission power to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as quickly and safely as possible.

Overhead Progress: Crews worked late into the night to connect the new overhead cables to the grid. That work is expected to be complete this morning and the cooperative will begin to energize the new line.

Next Steps: The new line will need to stay energize for several hours while the cooperative tests the cables. After testing, CHEC will begin to gradually introduce electrical load to the line. Residents on Hatteras Island in the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton will experience outages while the cooperative works to take these circuits off of generator power and energize them with the repaired transmission line. The cooperative will work to give these villages notice of impending outages.

Timeframe: The restoration timeframe from this point forward is 1-2 days. CHEC is working with Dare County officials to coordinate the safe return of visitors as soon as possible.

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NEXT STEPS FOR GUESTS:

Following all official county orders, all Outer Beaches homes remain closed.

Guests due to check in August 4-6 should delay arrival until the evacuation order has been lifted.

Guests due to check in August 11-13 or later, recent CHEC estimates lead us to believe your stay will not be interrupted, but please continue to follow these updates as the situation remains fluid.

We will communicate with all Guests via these updates on OuterBeaches.com, Facebook and email as soon as we receive more new information.

Refunds for shortened or missed vacations are being issued at the determination of travel insurance providers. For Guests who purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider (found here: http://www.outerbeaches.com/vacation-rentals/travel-insurance/) with your reservation number or policy number for more information or to file a claim for coverage. Click here to download the Emergency Declaration for Mandatory Evacuation for travel insurance purposes.

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NEXT STEPS FOR OWNERS:

From Dare County:

Currently, Essential Personnel (Priority One), Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses (Priority Two), and Non-Resident Property Owners & Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses (Priority Three) are allowed access to Hatteras Island with proper reentry credentials. Details regarding reentry procedures are available at darenc.com/reentry. As you approach the checkpoint north of the Bonner Bridge, please have your license, reentry pass, or tax bill readily available.

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Outer Beaches is cooperating with all Dare County and CHEC orders and recommendations to support their efforts in restoring power to all areas as quickly as possible. At this time, we are waiting on next updates from CHEC and Dare County officials, and we will continue to communicate all new information as soon as it is received. Our next scheduled update will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow, August 4, unless additional information is received earlier.

Outer Beaches offices and phone lines are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 6 pm. Saturday – Sunday. Please anticipate a high call volume and extended wait time. We are working to answer all questions as quickly as possible, so we appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

-The Outer Beaches Realty Team