Buried lines helping prevent outages during Carolina hurricanes
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Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative officials say 11, people lost power, served by their system. Officials say the power went out at a. Thursday following a Progress Energy transmission outage. There are still an estimated Carteret-Craven customers in Havelock without power. Progress Energy reports all but three of their customers had power restored.
Power has been restored to customers affected by the power outage along Highway according to officials with Carteret-Craven Electric Co-Op as of a. Officials with Carteret-Craven Electric Co-Op says that the pole fell due to a faulty support anchor. Residents along Highway from the Laurel Road area toward Beaufort are have been without power since at least a. Officials say crews are currently working to repair the lines. Power is expected to be restored by a.
The Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative has been using heavy equipment to bury electrical cables in some areas, reducing vulnerability to outages due to hurricane winds. In the wake of hurricanes Matthew and Florence, some North Carolinians suffered power outages lasting up to a week. With the hurricane season upon us again, Carolina Public Press talked with officials at several electric utilities about what can be done to prevent further outages, especially in terms of underground wiring. Nearly everyone agreed that the major cause of outages was wind, which does not typically damage underground lines. Despite some challenges with cost and potential problems during flooding, places that have opted for underground lines said the results after storms have been better.
The transmission feed into the Maysville station did not fail, so they focused first on repairs that allowed the co-op to get electricity back to substations along Highway 58, Bogue Banks, and parts of Highway The Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op, along with sister co-op crews and contractor crews are ready to start clearing damages Florence on Friday. Damage assessment on Thursday showed extensive damage to the distribution system that provides power to some 40, electric services in Carteret County, Havelock, and parts of Jones and Onslow counties. Broken transmission and distribution poles, lines tangled in large trees and other damages will take time to be repaired. Authorities say that there is a possibility of prolonged outages that could last for several days. A team from Tennessee arrived at CCEC last night, and another 60 lineworkers from co-ops in Virginia and Alabama are staged to the west and expected to arrive soon.
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