This is Communication #2 for the Island-wide power outage released at 10 a.m., Friday, July 28.

This morning on Hatteras Island, temperatures are in the 80s with overcast skies and a breeze of 8 mph. Power remains down for all facilities without generators on all of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Ocracoke Island has issued a mandatory evacuation of non-residents effective at 5 p.m. yesterday. No evacuation order has been issued for Hatteras Island at this time, so our homes remain open to Guests.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) and additional crews are working diligently to restore power and provide temporary generator power. The villages of Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras are on scheduled rolling blackouts on 3-hour intervals, and crews are working to install several generators in Avon, Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe to initiate rolling blackouts in those villages.

According to a recent update from CHEC:

Crews worked through the night to bring the portal generators online in Avon and the tri-village. They are still only able to carry minimal load. It is important for everyone to TURN OFF their AC and conserve usage or the generators will continue to trip off.

 THE GOOD NEWS: An additional 3 portable generators have arrived in the Waves substation and one additional in the Avon substation. Crews will work to connect these units to the grid today. More generators are on the way.

Additional notification from Dare County:

Due to the power outage, the Dare County Water Department has issued a water conservation alert for Hatteras Island customers. Residents and visitors are asked to take special measures to conserve water as much as possible because water production capacity is diminished due to the power outage. There are no concerns about the quality of water being provided - it is safe to drink.

 To reduce fire risk during a power outage, use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles.

 **PLEASE NOTE: PORTABLE GENERATORS ARE PROHIBITED AT OUTER BEACHES HOMES. Connecting a generator to an OBR home is grounds for eviction.**

 At this time, we are waiting on next updates from CHEC and Dare County officials, and we will communicate all new information to Guests as quickly as possible. Our next scheduled update will be at 2 p.m. today, July 28, unless additional information is received earlier.

We recommend checking www.CHEC.coop or the CHEC Facebook page for new updates as they are posted.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy a wonderful day on the beach!

-Outer Beaches Realty