Moore County is Without Electricity, Leaving Nearly 40,000 People in the Dark

Moore County is Without Electricity: On Saturday night, vandalism in Moore County caused a power outage for over 38,000 Duke Energy customers. The time of day is unknown, although it started after 7 p.m. and affected a wide area of the county. According to Duke Energy’s status page, power should be back on by Sunday at 10 p.m.

Duke Energy serves 47,000 residents in the county, so the 38,000 outages represent a significant fraction of the total. It was unclear what caused the power interruptions on the Duke Energy website. The power outages were caused by vandalism against electricity substations, according to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Moore County is Without Electricity
Moore County is Without Electricity

Moore County is Without Electricity

As utility providers began responding to the various substations, evidence was discovered that showed that purposeful damage had happened at many sites, according to a press release from Moore County Chief Deputy Richard Maness.

Two thousand people lost power just south of Carthage, another eleven thousand in Southern Pines, another eleven thousand in the Pinehurst area, and another five thousand in Aberdeen. The Foxfire neighbourhood experienced power disruptions as well.

The Pinehurst Village Council issued the following statement regarding the power outage: We are cognizant of the significant blackout in Moore County. Even more, police have been sent in to help. If at all possible, avoid the roads, and remember that every intersection is a four-way stop.

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Duke Energy’s Jeff Brooks has stated that they have no idea when power would be fully restored. The substations around the county have “failures,” he added. There were indications of vandalism to equipment, Brooks added, and authorities were looking into it.

Read the complete press release from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office below:

Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields reports that the mass power outage across the county is being investigated as a criminal occurrence.

Just after 7 pm on Saturday evening, December 3, 2022, several different communities across Moore County began experiencing power outages. As utility companies began responding to the different substations, evidence was discovered that indicated that intentional vandalism had occurred at multiple sites. Moore County Sheriff’s Deputies and various other law enforcement agencies within the county responded to the different areas and are providing further site security.

Anyone with any information about this act of violence should contact the Moore County Sheriff’s Office at 910-947-2931.

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