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'Absolutely insane': Residents of North Carolina's Moore County left in the dark after power outage

Kristen Johnson, Josh Shaffer and Martha Quillin, The News & Observer on

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RALEIGH, N.C. — After vandals damaged two electricity substations in Moore County with gunfire, the FBI joined state and county officials to investigate the “intentional” act that has left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

As of Monday afternoon, no arrests had been made and more than 33,000 customers in Moore County, located south of Raleigh, remained in the dark and cold.

Most of the power losses are in the Pinehurst and Southern Pines areas where over 15,000 customers are affected, along with:

—More than 5,000 customers without power in Aberdeen area.

—More than 4,000 customers without power in Whispering Pines/Lakeview area.

—More than 2,000 customers without power in the Carthage area.


Duke Energy officials say it could be Thursday before power is fully restored. Crews responding to the incident found “intentional impact on the substation,” a spokesman said, “damaging multiple pieces of equipment.”

In downtown Southern Pines, drivers inched nervously through intersections without working traffic lights Monday, and the air rang with buzzing generators.

Businesses opened their doors in the dark, comparing their situation to a hurricane without a hurricane.

Tom Markey, who manages the kitchen at Betsy’s Crepes, wore a wool hat with ear flaps while he tried to hook up a generator.


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