Power restored to N Carolina city after widespread outage

December 20, 2018

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Power has been restored to a North Carolina city that suffered a widespread outage for about seven hours after a transmission line was cut.

News outlets report about 22,000 customers in New Bern lost power Wednesday afternoon. Duke Energy says a vegetation management crew damaged a transmission line while clearing an area. City police say power was restored later that night.

The power outage clogged the streets with undirected traffic and forced restaurants to close. Nine schools in the area were without power, and CarolinaEast Medical Center relied on a generator to continue its operations.

All Craven County offices closed early for non-essential personnel. Normal operating hours are expected to resume Thursday.

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