As the fourth afternoon of the power outage began, nearly 22,800 residences and places of business across Moore County had their electricity restored. According to the most recent information provided by Duke Energy, 12,202 customers did not have power as of 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. This number was down significantly from the peak of the crisis when there were 45,000 customers without power.
The lights in businesses and restaurants in sections of downtown Southern Pines returned for the first time on Wednesday morning following an attack on two electricity substations the previous evening. The incident occurred on Saturday evening.
“It’s time to get down to business, sweetheart!” The proprietor of DAHR, a lifestyle business located on Broad Street, Sanna Nassar, made this statement. When the power was restored to the building, an employee named Alexis Corke who worked at the Hot Asana yoga studio on Camelia Way stated that “you could hear the class that was going on in the basement cheering.”
Gretchen Kelly, who is in charge of public relations, stated that FirstHealth Regional Hospital in Pinehurst has also regained service and is currently “transitioning from generator power to full power.” She stated that it is anticipated that the transfer will take “many hours.”
The reopening of Moore County Schools is expected to take place on Friday, provided that the necessary 24 hours are used successfully to set up the cafeterias and other school functions.
They do not anticipate having to make up for any time that was lost as a result of the power outage. According to Catherine Nagy, who serves as the director of communications for Moore County Schools, the district is currently making use of the banked instructional time that is incorporated into the school year to compensate for days that are missed. These banked hours are the same as those that are used for adverse weather conditions.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a poster on Wednesday asking for information regarding an attack on two substations located in Moore County. The poster included the phone number for the Moore County Sheriff’s Office’s tip line.
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