Nearly 16,000 customers across Moore County lost power in a wave of seemingly simultaneous outages on Friday morning.
The outages were reported about 10 a.m.
Duke Energy Progress, the county’s largest electric utility, said 12,940 residents, or about 30 percent of its customers, were without power at 10:30 a.m. Randolph EMC said 2,567 residents had lost power, while Central Electric reported that 396 customers were affected.
Duke reported that 2,588 customers remained without power as of 11 a.m. The outages affecting those customers were caused by damaged transmission lines, the company said.
Randolph EMC reported that only two customers remained without service.
Moore County Schools said the Community Learning Center at Pinckney, Carthage Elementary, Sandhills Farm Life and the district’s central office were all still without electricity as of 11:30 a.m.
“The temperature in the buildings is reasonable and will continue to be monitored,” the school system said in a statement. “There is sufficient light in the buildings to continue instruction and remain on normal school hours. Security is in place at all impacted schools. We are communicating with Duke Energy Progress and will update parents as needed.”
Sheriff’s deputies have been called in to help direct traffic in Carthage, where several street lights are out.