Vandalism may have caused a large power outage in a county in central North Carolina, which left about 45,000 homes and businesses in the dark Saturday night and early Sunday morning. This affected everything from Sunday worship services to golfers teeing off at the well-known Pinehurst Resort.
In a statement, Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said that power outages started around 7 p.m. Saturday and those utility workers found evidence at multiple electric substations that “suggested the damage was done on purpose.”
According to the tracking site poweroutage.us, about 64% of Moore County’s electric customers were still without power on Sunday morning. Moore County is a mostly rural area about 90 miles (145 km) east of Charlotte.
Jeff Brooks, a Duke Energy spokesperson, told the media late Saturday that “there is no estimate for when power will be back on” because there are so many facilities involved and the work will be hard.
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On Sunday, neither Brooks nor another Duke Energy representative was available to talk right away. But Brooks told that he couldn’t say more about what kind of crime might have happened.
In Pinehurst, which has about 20,000 people and is the largest town in the county, three Sunday services at the Pinehurst United Methodist Church were canceled.
“Read your Bible, pray, and stay safe,” church leaders wrote on Facebook, leaving it up in the air whether or not the late afternoon Christmas concert would happen.
A manager at the famous Pinehurst Resort golf course said that they were “scrambling” to make sure that customers with reservations could still play in the morning.
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