"The restoration time frame from this point forward is 1-2 days", the company said on its Facebook page. All seven villages on Hatteras have been removed from generator power and are now receiving power from the cooperative's transmission lines.
Crews from PCL Construction building a new bridge between islands severed the underground lines last week.
Attempts to fix the damaged transmission lines proved to be too hard as crews could not keep water out of the trench. Calls to Midgett Realty and Sun Realty, another Outer Banks vacation home rental company, were not returned.Lee Nettles, executive director of Outer Banks Visitors Bureau that serves Dare County, said 75 percent of its tourism is "chugging along" but he is hopeful for a quick fix for the affected areas."It's something else", Nettles said. New River Electrical is now working on the complex and detailed process required to connect these cables to the grid.
The new line will need to stay energized for several hours while the cooperative tests the cables. The new line is near Oregon Inlet and the cable has been energized.
Once testing is complete, the electrical load will be gradually introduced to the line.
The governor of North Carolina issued a state of emergency on Thursday for Ocracoke and Hatteras islands due to the massive power outage. The cooperative will try to notify the villages before the outages.
Power should be fully restored on all of North Carolina's Outer Banks in less than a week, officials said late Tuesday. Hass says the long metal tube is used to drive pilings that support the bridge.
The outage forced an estimated 50,000 visitors to leave Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, and others never made it to the popular vacation spots because of evacuation orders for the two islands.