Mass North Carolina power outage investigated as possible crime

Mass North Carolina power outage investigated as possible crime

Tens of thousands without power in North Carolina were left without electricity after two power substations were destroyed by gunfire, authorities stated Sunday. Officials from Duke Energy warned that power in Moore County might not be restored fully until Thursday.

The power outages left at least 40,000 customers without electricity and rendered wastewater pumps out of order across the area. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields stated Sunday that someone had “opened fire at the substation, and the same thing at another.”

“They went through the gate and got at the substation, as well,” Fields said. Although investigators are still trying to determine the motive, Fields stated that the suspect or perpetrators “knew exactly” what they were doing and that the attack was “targeted.” “

” “It wasn’t random,” Fields stated. Fields said that the incident is being investigated as criminal, but he could not comment on Sunday whether it rises to domestic terrorism. Jeff Brooks, a spokesperson for

Duke Energy, stated that the prolonged outages are due to the fact that the power cannot be rerouted as it would during a storm. Brooks explained that the equipment will need to be repaired or replaced.

” We are considering a very complex repair with some large equipment. So we want residents to be aware that this will be an extended multiday restoration for most customers. Brooks stated.

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The Pilot newspaper, Southern Pines


Fields said his office is working with the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation on the investigation. Gov. Fields stated that Roy Cooper and local congressional offices have offered resources.

A curfew will be in effect starting at 9 p.m. Fields stated that Sunday will be ET. Monday will see schools close. The sheriff stated that additional security would be provided at the substation and in the vicinity of local businesses.

A state of emergency was declared Sunday night and a shelter has been opened at Moore County Sports Complex.

Moore County residents started to report power outages at 7 p.m. According to the sheriff’s, Saturday was ET.

“As utility firms began responding to different substations, evidence was found that indicated that intentional vandalism occurred at multiple locations,” the office stated. They also noted that “Moore County Sheriff’s Deputies” and other law enforcement agencies in the county responded to different areas and are providing additional site security. “

Police would like to hear from anyone with information about the alleged “act of violence” incident.

Power had not been restored in Moore County as of Sunday afternoon, when Duke Energy and Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, two power companies that service the area, continued to report about 37,000 and 3,000 outages, respectively. The number of reported outages roughly equates to the number of households in Moore County, according to census data.

Cooper said Sunday that he had spoken with Duke Energy and state law enforcement about the outages in Moore County. They were still trying to restore power.

“I have spoken with Duke Energy and state law enforcement officials about the power outages in Moore County,” Cooper wrote on Twitter. “They are investigating and working with the affected to restore electricity. The state is offering support as required. “

The outages also affected county’s sewer lift stations. Southern Pines asked residents to avoid driving because “multiple accidents” had already taken place within the first few hours.

“[ We are sorry to inform you that the sewer lift stations in Moore County are currently down because of the power outage. Please limit your water and sewer usage to what is absolutely necessary until these stations are operational again,” the town wrote in a statement shared to Facebook.

” We also recommend staying off roads if you’re in a safe area.” The statement continued. “There have been multiple accidents. “

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