Thousands evacuate North Carolina's Outer Banks after power outage caused by construction company

A construction company accidentally drove a steel casing into an underground electric transmission cable, cutting off power to Ocracoke and Hatteras islands, officials said.
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Transcript for Thousands evacuate North Carolina's Outer Banks after power outage caused by construction company
Aren't we want to move now to a massive power outage in the outer banks forcing 50000 vacationers off the island's. At the peak of torrent seas and. Police are enforcing a mandatory evacuation with penalties if it's not obeyed. All of this as the electric company warns that this might take weeks to repair the damage ABC's area over schaffler is here. With new information on what caused the blackout area on good morning. Good morning Donna Paula a local construction company saying it accidentally punctured a key electric line that man made blackout turning vacation for tens of thousands of tourists. Until a bust. This morning a popular North Carolina vacation spot is still in the dark sending more and more visitors packing their bags. So we didn't get to do everything that we wanted to do we thought we would have more time. A power outage forcing at least 50000 people away from the outer banks after authorities enforce mandatory evacuations on Saturday morning. It was upsetting. We had. All of our food that we everything is packed the car is ready to go. Nightmare beginning Thursday on hatteras and ocracoke violence. Construction crews working on a new bridge drove a steel casing into this underground transmission line taking out a two foot chunk they governor declaring a state of emergency. Local officials urging those visitors still on the island to vacate as soon as possible. Saying those who do not comply with the order to lead will be issued citations. And it's been very hot and her fifth ball. And you can't have or. With homes and businesses running on backup generators until repairs are finished the usually bustling tourist destination now becoming a ghost town. This is summer time right the peak of summer time and it definitely affect. You gotta feel for those businesses and the governor of North Carolina is pressing for faster action to restore the power. He says if the construction company is indeed found to have caused this outage it would likely be responsible for the cost. Of those repairs no word yet though on when the electric line will be repaired so. A lot of tourists out of their vacations and a lot of residents really frustrated. Great timing right now for weather and environment rob nice and the out of Baghdad now the only let's say or project over the past. They were better off a couple of hours actually a couple of days really before they've nice weather moved in this in West Virginia yesterday. A heavier rain 56 inches of it let's do some flash flooding there eight counties where the state of emergency. And now you can see how quickly the water rose human New Jersey saw about five. Inches to six inches in spots heavier where they've very und seasonally. Fall like system yesterday but now months easily fall like air masses dropping down with not only just cool air but dry air all the way to the Gulf of Mexico that's is something new enjoy at least for a day. Temperatures will be seasonably cool eighties men now bit of a little warmer as we go through tomorrow for much of the northeast but. Generally speaking to humidity levels remain not comfortable even though temperatures will creep up near ninety degrees in Philadelphia and rain across Florida such acts.

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