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The morning of Thursday, July 27, a power outage for the entirety of Hatteras Island occurred when PCL Construction, the company building the new Bonner Bridge, accidentally drove a steel casing into two transmission lines of Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative's (CHEC) underground transmission cables on the south side of Oregon Inlet.
A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for all visitors to Hatteras Island. This evacuation order includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.  It does not include areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet. 
Evacuation for all visitors to Hatteras Island will remain in effect until adequate, reliable power is established to meet the demand. County officials will continue to closely monitor the progress of restoration efforts so that visitors can return to the island as soon as possible. CHEC reported on Wednesday, August 2 at 9:30 a.m. that the timeline for complete transmission restoration is now 3 - 5 days. For updated information from CHEC regarding power restoration, visit or their Facebook page at

Currently, Essential Personnel (Priority One), Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses (Priority Two), and Non-Resident Property Owners & Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses (Priority Three) are allowed access to Hatteras Island with proper reentry credentials. Details regarding reentry procedures are available at As you approach the checkpoint north of the Bonner Bridge, please have your license, reentry pass, or tax information readily available. 

We will continue to post updates as available. Thank you for your patience. 

If you are arriving 8/5-8/6, please take advantage of our website and Facebook page for updates at this time. We will continue to post updates to our Facebook page as information becomes available. You can also follow Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative for the latest updates.