This is Communication #3 for the Island-wide power outage released at 5 p.m., Friday, July 28.
This evening 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.
According to the latest release from Dare County and CHEC:
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) has advised Dare County that mandatory power conservation measures are necessary to meet the essential needs of their customers. In response to this request, Dare County has issued a state of emergency for Hatteras Island requiring all CHEC customers to remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers.
There are no concerns about the quality of water that is being provided to the villages of Hatteras Island, however, the Dare County Water Department has issued a water conservation alert for Hatteras Island customers. All residents and visitors are asked to conserve water as much as possible because the system's water production capacity is diminished due to the power outage.
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.**
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) and additional crews are working diligently to restore power and provide temporary generator power. Power is currently rotating between zones in Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras and additional generators are being installed to service all villages. 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 10 a.m. tomorrow, July 29, unless additional information is received earlier. We recommend checking www.CHEC.coop or the CHEC Facebook page for other updates as they are posted.
In the meantime, we hope you have a safe trip and enjoy a wonderful day on the beach!