On Thursday, Ocracoke and Hatteras islands went dark.
After a construction company working on the new Bonner Bridge damaged main lines supplying power to both islands, thousands were without electricity for hours until generators were brought in late Thursday and Friday. Then rolling blackouts began.
Visitors and residents took to social media to share their reactions to living without power during one of the peak vacation weekends of the year – a time when both islands are typically full of life.
“It was the creepiest thing I have ever seen in my life,” Kayleigh Connell, of Greensboro, told WCNC. “I kept saying it was like a zombie apocalypse.”
“I told my kids that we are going to live like the settlers did when coming to Roanoke Island...making it more a history lesson,” Jessica Sevila, a mom of four, wrote on Twitter.
Others shared disappointment in canceled vacations or shared alternative plans.
A few were hoping to commemorate “surviving” the blackout.