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‘Hatteras is on!’ NC island welcomes visitors back after weeklong OBX blackout

Come say “hi!” … Hatteras is on!

'Visit the Outer Banks' wants all to know that power has been fully restored to Hatteras and the island is open and ready to welcome you back.
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'Visit the Outer Banks' wants all to know that power has been fully restored to Hatteras and the island is open and ready to welcome you back.

After a week in the dark or on generator power, with visitors barred from the island, Hatteras is welcoming its vacationers back with open arms and a video highlighting how excited it is to be back to normal after the “OBX blackout.”

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau video shows sweeping views of the island, its landmarks, businesses and its people.

“The power outage didn’t dim our spirits,” the video says, before showing shining “open” signs, businesses beckoning visitors to return and a pizza with “open” written in pepperoni.

The blackout struck Hatteras and Ocracoke islands at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, when a crew from PCL Construction damage underground power lines on the northern tip of Hatteras Island while working on the new Bonner Bridge, cutting off power to both islands.

Crews worked through the week to excavate the two damaged power cables and erect a new overhead line to restore power to the islands.

Businesses shut down, rental properties stayed empty and seasonal workers were left wondering where their next paycheck would come from.

Crews managed to connect the overhead power line and bring reliable electricity back to the islands last week.

Several lawsuits also were filed in federal and state courts by firms on behalf of residents, businesses and employees.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768, @AbbieRBennett

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