Outer Banks power outage forces evacuations

The power outage on two islands that forced thousands of people to evacuate could take up to two weeks to fix, according to officials.
1:50 | 07/31/17

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Maybe they'll make a change. Happy Monday. Tourists are also facing problems on North Carolina's outer banks. Thousands forced to evacuate after a massive power outage that officials now say could take up to two weeks to fix. Elle Reporter: This area without power for five days. Tourists told to get out, forced to go home. Deputies set up a roadblock behind me to make sure people know these barrier islands are closed. This morning a popular vacation destination now a ghost town. I think this is the only gas station that has power. It's pretty disappointing. I mean, we had another day left and wanted to be on the beach. Reporter: 50,000 vacationers forced to evacuate north Carolina's outer banks. The governor declaring a state of emergency after an accident knocked out the main source of power for two entire islands. Only residents allowed to stay behind living off of diesel generators. It's been hot, our food spoiled, very uncomfortable. Reporter: The nightmare started Thursday. Construction crews working on a new bridge made a mishap, driving a steel casing through all three underground transmission lines to the area, killing power, forcing businesses to shut down. This is peak season, so every day that we're not able to do Normal business we're losing thousands of dollars. Reporter: The electric company now saying the power will be fully restored in a week or two, but business owners say the damage is done. If it's one week, we might be able to save the summer. If it's three weeks, it's going to be devastation for this island. Reporter: Now, they are allowing construction crews and residents onto the islands. There are generators that have been brought in but officials are asking people to be mindful and conserve energy. Michael? Thank you, Eva. Hopefully they're rushing

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