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Electricity And Power Outages In Carteret County NC – Area Reports

Database of Carteret County power outages and electricity disruptions in NC related to weather events, car accidents, and other incidents. Readers in Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Newport, and other areas are encouraged to use the comment form below to notify us of outages in your community, and to tell us when power was restored.

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Current And Past Power Outages In Carteret NC

This website is not affiliated with Duke Energy Progress or Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative.

January 22: Duke Energy says 5000 people in Morehead City are without electricity related to ice. This area primarily is east of Highway 24 and includes Crap Point. Additionally, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative reported 1800 outages.

January 20, 2022: There is the potential for outages on January 21 and 22 in 2022 from an approaching ice storm impacting the county. Updates will be applied here as we learn more about ice impacts, but residents are encouraged to use the form at the bottom for reporting.

December 13, 2021: Arendell St from Mitchell Village along Highway 70 towards downtown Morehead City are without power after a power pole caught on fire.

December 24, 2020: Considerable outages being reported down east near Gloucester and most of Highway 24 as a winter storm moves across the area bringing major winds.

August 16, 2020

CCEC is reporting hundreds of homes are without electricity in the Otway and Straits communities down east as another round of storms moved over the county early this morning.

August 15, 2020

CCEC is reporting about 610 without power in Harlowe and Adams Creek.

August 3, 2020

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative approximates about 10,000 customers are without power as of 5 am on August 4, 2020, all related to Hurricane Isaias.

Pine Knoll Shores, Mill Creek, and Gloucester is reporting outages as Hurricane Isaias makes landfall near Wilmington. Other areas in the county will likely see outages overnight and in to the morning hours as the center of circulation makes it’s way over inland Eastern NC. Please use the discussion form below to report.

July 29

Reports of outages in eastern Beaufort and down east communities related to a storm system that moved through the area overnight. 

June 19, 2020

Despite significant thunderstorms over eastern Carteret County near the Down East communities of Otway, Bettie, and Harkers Island, reported power outages in this area on the night of June, 19, 2020 was related to a motor vehicle accident taking out power lines.

February 17, 2020

Due to a truck accident, power along Highway 24 near Broad Creek Middle School was cut and it took about an hour to resolve the issue. Power was restored by 7: 00 am.

February 7, 2020

Widespread power outages across the county affecting both Carteret-Craven EMC and Duke Progress Energy customers related to high winds from a very strong cold front that moved through the area earlier this morning. Electricity disruptions are being reported in all of the down east communities from Cedar Island, Harkers Island, and Otway. Additionally, reports are also coming in from Morehead City, Newport, Emerald Isle, and Atlantic Beach. The good news is that most of these outages appear to be from small downed trees that can be dealt with rather quickly by linemen.

November 2019 – A coastal low pressure system affected all of the county with hurricane force and tropical storm force winds which brought sporadic and temporary loss of power in more rural areas down east and in areas near Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle. This low pressure system lingered over the area for 2 days on November 16 and 17 complicating service being restored. As with all large scale weather events, companies will not be able to start repairs until the wind dies down and linemen are able to work safely.

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September 2019 – Related to Hurricane Dorian, most locations in Carteret County NC saw power disruptions and electricity was restored within 5 days. Again, areas down east near Harkers Island, Cedar Island, Bettie, and Otway were the longest to go without service, which areas in Morehead City, Newport, and Beaufort saw limited disruptions from transformer damage, downed poles, and power lines.

March 2019 – Due to a multiple car accident on Arendell St which downed poles, electrical service was disrupted to the hospital, Carteret Community College, areas as far west as the Hampton Inn and as far east as 19th St. Duke Energy crews were able to restore service within 2 hours.

December 2018 – Most locations North of Calico Creek in Crab Point lost service after a car accident on 20th St caused several poles to go down. This issue was repaired within 3 hours.

September 2018 – Related to Hurricane Florence, which was a strong Category 1 storm, all municipalities in Carteret County NC lost power for at least 1 week. In some cases, electricity was not restored for up to 2 weeks. These areas were typically in down east near Harkers Island. Some locations in Newport and Morehead City saw service being restored in as little as 5 days, while locations in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle went without service for 2 weeks. Both Duke Energy Progress and Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative brought crews in from other states to work on repairs to poles, transformers, and power lines. Service being restored in the county was complex because crews had to wait for the winds to die down from Hurricane Florence which lingered over the area for 4 days.

Contact Information to report outages

Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-769-3766

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative: (252) 247-3107

In most cases, companies that supply electricity to the county maintain social media feeds that inform residents about service disruptions and estimates on when service will be restored.

If you are unable to reach someone by telephone, we encourage you to follow these companies on social media.

To help us maintain this database, please use the comment form below to tell us your location, when service was disrupted, when it was restored, and what type of event caused the problem.

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

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