Duke Energy announced Wednesday that repairs were completed on substation equipment in Moore County. The FBI has renewed its appeal to the public for information regarding the “unknown” suspects or suspects behind the sabotage gunfire that resulted in major power outages that lasted several days.
The energy company stated that all equipment that was damaged during Saturday’s attack on two substations has been repaired or replaced. Moore County customers will start to get power back as soon as the company finishes testing and completes safety restoration.
The statement stated that power will be restored gradually to avoid overloading the electrical system.
According to poweroutage.us, less than 20,000 customers had no power in the county as of Wednesday morning. This is a decrease from the peak of 45,000 customers without power last weekend.
About 10 miles separated the substations that were damaged by gunfire on Saturday night.
Moore County Chairman Nick Picerno described Southern Pines, Amherst, and Aberdeen’s main grid as huge, roughly three-quarters the size of a football pitch.
In other words, he speculated that the person responsible knew exactly where to point to cause a slow leakage into the transformers. This allowed them to escape before anyone noticed the power grid in Duke’s control centres going down.
Wednesday’s FBI flyer also mentioned the identity of the suspect(s) accused in the shooting down of two Moore County substations. This incident occurred when at least one person died at home due to prolonged power outages that affected tens and thousands of people over the past few days.
He speculated that the shooting at the second Substation might have been a “diversion.”
Moore County officials announced Tuesday that one person died in a house without power. However, it was not immediately known if the death was directly related to the outage or if they were suffering from a pre-existing condition.
Authorities have not yet confirmed that there was a motive for the outages in Moore County. At their peak, they cut power to approximately 45,000 customers. They also admitted domestic terrorist is possible.
FBI Charlotte sent a tweet Wednesday asking for information about the shooting of electrical substations.
“Unknown suspect(s),” fired multiple shots on Saturday evening at two Duke Energy Substations located in Moore County, North Carolina. FBI Charlotte stated that the substations are approximately 10 miles apart in West End and Carthage (North Carolina). “The massive damage caused a power outage that affected approximately 45,000 customers. It will take several days to repair the damage. Therefore, a state-of-emergency was declared in Moore County to help citizens who are still without power.
The flyer stated that anyone with information about this case should contact Moore County Sheriff’s Office tipline (910) 947-44444.” You can also call your local FBI office or field the nearest American Embassy and Consulate. Or, submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
For the fourth day, a countywide emergency was in place. The curfew remains in effect from 9 p.m. to 5. a.m. Moore County schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
The county 911 call centre dispatched law enforcers for 655 calls regarding the power outage as of Tuesday.
According to county officials, the fire department responded only to about 115 calls while EMS responded only to around 100. These calls included suspicious circumstances, burglaries and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as requests for assistance such as welfare checks, business checks, and other citizen assistance. Numerous automobile accidents were reported at intersections due to the presence of traffic lights. However, none have led to fatalities.
Duke Energy expects that customers will be completely restored by Wednesday midnight.
According to the Moore County website, only clients who have received dialysis, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment are eligible for county transportation services.
This report was contributed by the Associated Press.