Sunday, January 29, 2023

Over 40,000 people without power due to attacks on two electrical substations in North Carolina

Carthage. Two electrical substations in Moore County, North Carolina, were damaged by gunfire in what is being investigated as a criminal offense that left nearly 41,000 people without power, local officials in the city reported yesterday. Gave.

In response to the blackout, which began shortly after 7 p.m. last night, a state of emergency was declared, including a curfew from 9 p.m. last night until 5 a.m. today, Monday, when schools will remain closed.

“An attack like this against critical infrastructure is a serious and intentional crime. I look forward to state and federal authorities conducting a thorough investigation and bringing those responsible to justice,” tweeted North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper .

Moore Police Chief Ronnie Fields said yesterday that officers have not yet determined a motive for the attack. He added that someone “set fires” at both substations, and that no group has claimed responsibility for the sabotage, so “we are looking at all possibilities.”

He insisted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cooperate with state officials to determine who caused the failure, which, he assured, was “somewhat targeted” and in any case “random”. was not.

Fields said the police force would monitor substations and businesses at night, and would have elements working “24 hours a day”.

The website poweroutage.us confirmed that 41,000 customers were without power.

Due to cold temperatures predicted the previous night, the county set up a shelter at the Carthage Sports Complex.

Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks said equipment repairs are complex, and although the company tries to resume service as quickly as possible, the outage is likely to last for days.

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