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Contractors Cause Power Outage On Outer Banks Islands, Affecting Thousands

 Monday, July 31, 2017

 ABC News

Thousands of tourists had to evacuate two islands along the hugely popular Outer Banks in North Carolina after a construction company caused a massive power outage. The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative said in a press release that PCL Construction told the cooperative it had accidentally driven a steel casing into an underground electric transmission cable while working on the new Bonner Bridge on North Carolina’s coast Thursday morning, cutting off power to Ocracoke and Hatteras islands. Local officials ordered a mandatory evacuation for all visitors on Hatteras Island effective at 6 a.m. ET Saturday.
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