Construction equipment knocked down power lines at a site on Carpenter Fire Station Road on Thursday morning, taking out service to about 2,300 customers, including four schools, officials said.
The Wake County Public School System said Panther Creek High, Green Hope High, Green Hope Elementary and Carpenter Elementary schools lost power. Most of the schools got their power back by noon but Carpenter Elementary was still in the dark until after 1:30 p.m.
School officials kept all four schools open as they made alternate plans to serve students lunch.
Duke Energy said the outage was reported at 9:13 a.m. Police said no one was hurt when the equipment knocked down the wires.
As students waited for the power to be turned back on, several melodramatically tweeted to the school system asking to be sent home early.
“@WCPSS it's dark and I can't see. I'm getting light headed because it's so hot because no ac. Please let us out I'm scared,” tweeted Joey Soeder, a Panther Creek High student.