Update: North Carolina Power – Criminal Attack

In an update out of North Carolina, we are learning that the alleged attack on Moore County North Carolina hit two electrical substations leaving 60 percent of the county without power over the weekend. While lower numbers were originally reported, it was reported by Duke Energy Monday, that around 7,000 customers have had their power restored while 38,000 still remain without power. While work and repairs are still underway, authorities are investigating the incident in what they have now updated as a criminal attack. 

During a press conference, Sunday evening, Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said that substations, within the county, had been shot by gunfire in a “targeted attack.” Fields mentioned that the Moore County Sheriff’s office would be working with the FBI and the State Bureau of Investigation to get to the bottom of the situation. As a response to the situation the sheriff’s office declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew of 9 pm Sunday, they also closed schools Monday.

Though some believe that the outage could have been caused to stop a drag show that was drawing quite a bit of attention in Southern Pines. As the two events occurred at the same time Saturday evening. At this time, it has not been confirmed that that is the reason for the shootings that the substations attained.

The energy companies have estimated that the power outages may extend into Thursday after they looked at the damage to the substations.

Read more on this developing story at AXIOS.