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 as been shortened to 3-5 days.
FROM THE LATEST CHECH UPDATE:
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and contract crews have simultaneously pursued two options for restoring permanent transmission service to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, waiting for one solution to emerge as the fastest, safest way to restore reliable transmission service. That determination has been reached.
Overhead Solution: Constructing a new overhead transmission line from its underground point at the south end of the Bonner Bridge to the point where it meets the cooperative's existing overhead transmission line is the most expedient way to restore transmission service to the islands.
Overhead Progress: Crews began installing the three-phase line last night. Concurrently, the specialist team from New River Electrical is executing prep work for creating the transition from underground to overhead just before the site of the damage and creating connections to the existing overhead lines that run the length of Hatteras Island.
Timeframe: The restoration timeframe from this point forward is 3-5 days. This includes the time required for testing after all construction is complete and before transmission service can begin. CHEC is also working with Dare County officials to coordinate the safe return of visitors as soon as possible.
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: /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.
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.
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 3, 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