Power outages in Moore County in NC might be intentional attack

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During the Holidays season, no lights are beaming on Christmas trees, and residents are packing their belongings to stay in shelters while being out of power in Moore county, one of the rural areas of North Carolina. FBI joined the investigation with local law authorities. About 40,000 residents are left in the dark since last Saturday night and 7,000 residents recovered their lights back as of Monday at 3 PM local time.

“It is going to be very, very dark and it’s going to be chilly tonight, and we don’t need to have anyone out on the streets, and that is the reason for our curfew,” North Carolina state Sen. Tom McInnis said during the news conference. “Please stay home tonight … the roads are dangerous.” According to CNN, FBI and law authorities believe this power outage is an intentional and targeted attack. Curfew and an emergency declaration were announced by the authorities starting Sunday night in the affected areas.

The utility crews found signs of potential vandalism of equipment at different sites and they found two substations that were damaged by gunfire, according to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities announced a mandatory curfew from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., starting Sunday night, with Fields saying the decision was made to protect residents and businesses.

About 36,000 customers were still in the dark in the state Monday morning, according to Poweroutage.us data. Moore county schools and businesses are closed.

 

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