Officials have indicated that the nearly 35,000 Moore County electric customers who are still without power should be expecting to have their power restored Wednesday rather than the expected timeframe of Thursday.
Jeff Brooks, from Duke Energy, stated that power restoration would be moved up to Wednesday during a press conference. However, customers shouldn’t expect to have their power restored at the exact same time.
He explained that any equipment being brought in to replace the damaged equipment must be calibrated and synthesised with the grid.
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He said that it is a manual process and added that customers will be able to see their power restored in waves.
Two substations in Moore County, operated by Duke Energy, were destroyed by gunfire on Saturday night.
Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields stated in a Saturday Facebook post that several areas of the county experienced power outages just after 7 p.m. that night.
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Fields said the incident was something the county has never experienced before and that gunshots caused extensive damage at two substations. Over 40,000 customers were left without power after the damage caused by gunshots.
County officials declared a state emergency after the power went out. Residents were required to stay awake between 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
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Bryan Phillips, the County Director of Public Safety, stated Tuesday that the state of emergency is still in effect. He thanked citizens for their continued compliance with the restriction.
Phillips provided a list of services available, including shelters at county sports facilities, showers, and meals.
Phillips also stated that Taylortown’s water system was having problems and advised citizens to boil their water. Phillips said that Taylortown’s water system should be repaired by Tuesday night.