Duke Energy completes repairs in Moore County, officials offering $75,000 reward

As of Wednesday evening, there were no longer any substantial outages in the county.
During the height of the outage, more than 45,000 customers were without power.
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 11:47 AM EST
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MOORE COUNTY, N.C. (AP/WBTV) - Duke Energy said Wednesday it has completed repairs on substation equipment damaged in shootings over the weekend and that it had restored power to all but a fraction of the thousands of customers who lost electricity in a central North Carolina county.

In a statement to customers on its website, the energy company said that all of the equipment damaged in an attack on two North Carolina substations Saturday has been fixed or replaced.

The company said that Moore County customers would gradually get power back throughout the day as it finishes testing and completes restoration safely.

“To avoid overwhelming the electrical system we will bring power back on gradually, with the goal of having the majority of customers restored before midnight tonight,” the statement said.

As of Wednesday evening, there were no longer any substantial outages in the county, according to Duke Energy’s outage map. During the height of the outage this past weekend, more than 45,000 customers were without power.

Authorities have said the outages began shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday night after one or more people drove up to two substations, breached the gates and opened fire on them.

Police have not released a motive or said what kind of gun was used. But Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields told reporters Monday that whoever was responsible “knew exactly what they were doing to cause the outage that they did.”

The FBI posted a notice Wednesday seeking information related to the investigation.

Additionally, the state of North Carolina, Moore County and Duke Energy are each offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction, bringing the total reward sum to $75,000.

Schools remain closed through Thursday. The Moore County School District will announce by 4 p.m. Thursday whether schools will be closed on Friday, although the district said its “intention is to resume normal operations on Friday, December 9.”

Thursday will serve as an optional workday for teachers.

Once power is restored, the school district requires 24 hours to prepare the facilities before it can welcome back students.

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, a 402-bed acute care facility in Pinehurst, regained power shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday and was gradually transitioning from emergency generators to normal power, the hospital website said.

The county’s transportation services are operating only for clients who have scheduled dialysis, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, according to the Moore County website.

A State of Emergency remains in effect for Moore County, with a curfew imposed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. until the State of Emergency is rescinded.

The county continues to operate a shelter at the Moore County Sports Complex - Recreation Center, located at 155 Hillcrest Park Lane in Carthage, N.C.

For more information on laundry and shower facilities or food service, residents can call 910-947-6317.

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