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If you are heading to South OBX / Ocracoke in the near future be advised the power is out and might remain out for some time. Rumors that Ocracoke will be evacuated tomorrow - I do not know how true that is..

From Tideland Electric; 

 

   Tideland's attempt to operate the Ocracoke generator earlier today was unsuccessful and resulted in damage that renders it inoperable. Three mobile generators will arrive on the island Friday to operate the three island circuits starting tomorrow evening. With strict conservation we hope to avoid rotating outages but that will completely depend upon EVERYONE on the island doing their part. This morning, PCL Construction, the company constructing the new Bonner Bridge drove a steel casing into the underground transmission cable that runs between the south end of the Bonner Bridge and the overhead riser pole, causing the current transmission outage. Transmission repairs could take anywhere from days to weeks.

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16 minutes ago, ByronPA said:

If you are heading to South OBX / Ocracoke in the near future be advised the power is out and might remain out for some time. Rumors that Ocracoke will be evacuated tomorrow - I do not know how true that is..

From Tideland Electric; 

 

   Tideland's attempt to operate the Ocracoke generator earlier today was unsuccessful and resulted in damage that renders it inoperable. Three mobile generators will arrive on the island Friday to operate the three island circuits starting tomorrow evening. With strict conservation we hope to avoid rotating outages but that will completely depend upon EVERYONE on the island doing their part. This morning, PCL Construction, the company constructing the new Bonner Bridge drove a steel casing into the underground transmission cable that runs between the south end of the Bonner Bridge and the overhead riser pole, causing the current transmission outage. Transmission repairs could take anywhere from days to weeks.

I'm headed down to Buxton and points South at the end of August. I'm in the could  take weeks to repair window of time. I wasn't following this closely, thanks. 

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All villages  south of Oregon inlet ....from an alert I just received from Dare County.

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Due to life safety issues from the loss of reliable electrical power on Hatteras Island and growing uncertainty as to when repairs to the main transmission line will be completed to enable restoration of full power to the island, a mandatory evacuation has been issued for all visitors to Hatteras Island, effective at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 29. This evacuation order includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

Residents, non-resident property owners, essential personnel, and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with proper reentry credentials.

This evacuation order does not include any areas north of Oregon Inlet. All areas north of Oregon Inlet remain open with no restrictions in place.

The state of emergency issued for Hatteras Island earlier today included the implementation of mandatory power conservation measures that will remain in place. All Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) customers must remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers. In addition, mandatory water restrictions have been issued prohibiting the filling of pools or hot tubs, the watering of lawns, and the watering of driveways or sidewalks for cleaning.   

Dare County Emergency Management will continue to work with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative to help facilitate the restoration of power to levels that will allow visitors to return. At this time there is no estimate regarding the timeline for full restoration of services. Updates regarding reentry for visitors will be provided as information is available.

 

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10 hours ago, dena said:

I wonder how many tourists have trip insurance?

After almost getting burned because of Sandy, I consider it money well spent.

People are already complaining that some trip insurance companies are telling them that "manmade" disasters are not covered....

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1 hour ago, ByronPA said:

People are already complaining that some trip insurance companies are telling them that "manmade" disasters are not covered....

I would be livid if trip insurance wouldn't cover it if I were down there right now. 

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On 7/28/2017 at 6:34 AM, hanlon-surf said:

for all those who are down there now, fingers crossed that they get it fixed quickly!

 

Not likely.  They are saying all 3 lines were compromised instead of just the one.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 30 2017 7:00pm - Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues restoration efforts in the wake of a transmission outage that was caused when PCL Construction accidently drove a steel casing into the cooperative’s underground transmission cables on Thursday morning, July 27.

Cooperative crews are working toward two solutions for transmission restoration.  The first solution is to continue excavating the damaged cables and work to splice them back together; repairs have already begun on the first excavated cable. The second solution is to build a new overhead transmission line that would run from the south end of the Bonner Bridge to meet the cooperative’s existing overhead transmission line.  CHEC will actively pursue both of these solutions until it is clear which of these will provide the fastest and safest option for a full repair. 

Depending on which solution turns out to be the most practical, the timeline for a complete repair could vary from one to two weeks.

 

i still hope that i can head down on the 12th... the rods & reels are ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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14 hours ago, DerrickT said:

Not likely.  They are saying all 3 lines were compromised instead of just the one.

They updated at 9 this morning, now it seems only two lines were damaged and one has been fixed.

 

TRANSMISSION UPDATE: Mon., July 31, 9:00 AM 
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative’s (CHEC) continued transmission restoration efforts last night revealed good news. Further testing at the site of the Bonner Bridge incident indicates that only two of the three underground transmission cables sustained damage.

The cooperative continues its execution of two simultaneous solutions to restore transmission service. The underground solution is to continue the excavation and dewatering process, digging to greater depths to reach and splice the second damaged cable. Splicing on the first damaged cable is complete. Installation efforts began early this morning on the second solution – building a new overhead transmission line that will run from the south end of the Bonner Bridge to meet the cooperative’s existing overhead transmission line.

Restoring permanent transmission service as quickly and safely as possible is CHEC’s top priority, which is why workers are aggressively pursuing both solutions to determine which will be completed first. The timeline for a complete repair ranges from one to two weeks.

The damage to the transmission cables occurred at the south side of the Bonner Bridge early on the morning of July 27 when PCL Construction, the company building the new Bonner Bridge, accidentally drove a steel casing through the cooperative’s transmission cables. Tideland EMC members at Ocracoke, who rely on the CHEC transmission line for service, are operating on diesel generators which thus far have demonstrated the ability to handle the much reduced island load following a mandatory evacuation of non-residents. Mandatory evacuation orders for Ocracoke and Hatteras islands are still in place.

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From coquina beach south to oregon inlet, looked like a parking lot of trucks. East wind brought warm water in. Boats were right off beach trolling for spanish. Coquina beach was packed.

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looking promising:

 

uesday Evening Update (8/1, 7:30pm) - Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) made headway on transmission restoration today.

Overhead Solution: After completing installation of the poles required for overhead transmission lines, crews worked quickly to anchor the poles, place guy wires and build the right structures to accommodate other system components. Crews will begin installing the three-phase line tonight. Concurrently, the specialist team will begin prep work for the highly technical and detailed process of connecting the new overhead cables in two places – to the existing underground lines just before the site of the damage and to the existing overhead lines that run the length of Hatteras Island.

Underground Solution: Conditions at the trench continue to present significant challenges. The PCL Construction excavation team has worked hard to dewater the trench via a hydro-vacuum truck, and a well and pump system. However, because of the depth below the water table and the location adjacent to the sound, water continues to seep in. Crews continue their work to make trench conditions safe for the splicing specialists.

Timeframe: Restoring reliable transmission service in the safest, fastest way possible is our priority. CHEC is pleased with the progress made today and at this point estimates a 4-6 day timeframe from now for complete transmission restoration. 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.

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As much as this sucks for everyone and is a major PIA, I have to say that if this happened in MAss, it would take about 8 months to solve. The crews down south know how to get stuff done. :th: 

I watched both the building of Route 1 in Delaware, the by pass near Norfolk VA, and the second causeway for the CBB being built. Those projects were done super fast.....in Mass, it would take 10 years if not more........shoot, they are rebuilding a fairly simple exit/entrance interchange from 95, and it has been 4 years already, with another 2 at least to go..... :squid: 

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