As no suspects or motives were announced, the FBI joined the investigation. Power outage in North Carolina County It is believed to have been caused by “intentional” and “targeted” attacks on the power substation.
which left some 40,000 customers in the darkness of Saturday night. causing the declaration of curfew and state of emergency. Targeting Attack Substation in North Carolina.
A massive blackout in Moore County turns into a criminal investigation. When rescuers found traces of equipment tampering at various locations, including two substations damaged by gunfire. According to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office,
“The person or people who did this knew exactly what they were doing,” Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said during a news conference Sunday. “We have no clue why Moore County.”
Fields said multiple gunshots were fired at both substations. “It’s a goal. It’s not random,” he said.
The sheriff would not say whether the criminal activity was terrorism in the country, but noted that “no group has come forward to acknowledge or acknowledge that they[did]it.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called the incident “a tragedy.” “Criminal attack,” Democrats said the state would make sure critical services were supported.
Cooper told CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” that finding the perpetrator is important. but must take into account preventive measures as well.
“We have to look ahead. to see how we can strengthen our electric grid and make sure our energy sources are protected,” he said, adding that the grid “Can’t take such a risk. which people with knowledge of how to disable the power grid The electrical system actually comes into operation in a short time.”
by Monday afternoon About 38,000 homes and businesses remain without power, said Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks. He said it could take until Thursday to restore power to everyone affected.
Officials announced a countywide curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. starting Sunday night. Fields said the decision was made to protect residents and businesses.
The North Carolina Bureau of Investigation also joined the investigation. the official said
In Southern Pines, a business owner had a generator and pancakes.
“We’re trying to help people who have no other options,” Gerald Bateman, owner of Southern Pines Growler, told CNN.
With the help of volunteers, Bateman is opening his business to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., he said. He also has to drive 50 to 70 miles each night to get fuel to keep the generators running at his business.
“We see about 20 to 30 people an hour, people coming in for coffee, food and charging their phones,” Bateman says.
All schools in the county are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Authorities have opened a shelter that runs on generators.
The traffic lights are also off. And while few stores with generators can open their doors, Many businesses and churches in Moore County are closed on Sundays. WRAL, affiliated with CNN. report
“We just received from COVID and now,” the sheriff said, adding that “It will hurt our restaurants and all our businesses.”
inside people’s homes It is difficult to keep cold.
“We have a 6-month-old baby in the house. We’re not hot. We’re trying to heat her,” Carthage resident Chris Thompson told WRAL.
Forecasters say temperatures will be in the mid-40s overnight. Temperatures on Tuesday afternoon will be below 60, forecasters said. during the rest of the week Lows are in the mid-50s and afternoon highs are in the 70s.
Carthage, where Moore County is located, is about 45 miles northwest of Fayetteville and about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh. play popular golf.
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst is postponing some of the selection process and running a backup machine. The hospital said in a statement.
“Wide outages affect remote FirstHealth clinics across Moore County,” the statement said. “Primary care clinic, internal medicine, family medicine and patient care in Moore County will be closed until power is restored,” hospital officials said.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the White House was monitoring. “Intentional harassment” at the power plant close-up And strengthening infrastructure to protect against external threats is a top priority. CNN network Science report
The estimated cost of substation damage is in the millions. The sheriff said on Sunday.
Significant damage And redirecting energy is not an option, Duke Energy spokesman Brooks said.
“Equipment has to be replaced,” Brooks said. “We are taking multiple paths to recovery. so that we can recover as many customers as possible realizing that we were looking for a rather complex repair with a fairly large equipment.”
In addition to the gunfire damage at the power substation, Doors at some point appear to have been unhinged,
Assistant Professor Mike Cameron, chief of the Southern Pines Fire and Rescue Department, told CNN.
Although it is unclear what motivated such destruction. But the sheriff addressed rumors circulating on social media that the attack was an attempt to disrupt a local drag show.
Fields said investigators “There can’t be anything to tie back to the drag show,” which was scheduled to take place in Southern Pines at 7 p.m. Saturday, when the power was out.
The head of an LGBTQ+ group that helped organize a drag show Monday said she was unaware of the threats to the job prior to the attack. Sandhills PRIDE executive director Lauren Mathers told CNN they had received Many “hateful comments” on social media. But nothing is considered a threat.
The lights in the house go out between the numbers when the power goes out. So they didn’t know what was wrong when the lights were no longer on, she said.
The province has announced emergency situation to protect residents and property and maintain public services the official said The curfew is expected to take effect every night while the state of emergency is declared in effect.
“Tonight is going to be very dark. and the weather will be cold And we don’t need anyone out on the street. And that’s the reason for our curfew,” Sen. Tom McInnis of North Carolina said during a press conference. “Please stay home tonight… The road is dangerous.”
The emergency order also urged citizens to conserve fuel.
Because the road in the dark resulting in an increase in emergency calls And there were reports of car accidents due to the traffic lights being turned off. Cameron told CNN.
People who rely on oxygen also make emergency calls.
A shelter was opened at the Moore County Sports Complex and a trailer with toilets and showers was brought in, Moore County Manager Wayne Vest said.