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Blackout Closes Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands


The underground transmission cables that deliver power to two islands in The Outer Banks of North Carolina were damaged on July 27, 2017 leading to a mass exodus of over 60,000 tourists during the NC coastal community’s busiest season.

The Outer Banks, a chain of barrier islands along the North Carolina Coast, is a premier summer vacation destination, but following a mistake made by the company constructing a bridge over the Oregon Inlet, all of the lights have gone out and the tourists have been forced to go home.

According to Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative’s (CHEC) the construction company building a new bridge over Oregon Inlet to one of the islands accidentally drove a steel casing into a power cable.  The impact damaged cables supplying electricity, leading to widespread power outages to both Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands.

According to officials, the required repairs could take several weeks to repair.  In the meantime, business owners and tourists are left wondering how to recover the financial losses caused by the blackout.  July and August are busy season for Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands and surrounding businesses.

Attorneys with North Carolina law firm of Wallace & Graham, P.A. – along with co-counsel - have filed a class action lawsuit to recover financial losses including but not limited to injunctive and equitable relief.  Please see Press Release.

If you or your business has been impacted by the blackout on the North Carolina Outer Banks, please contact our office as soon as possible.