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North Carolina power outages could last for days

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH, DURHAM, FAYETTEVILLE; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKS++MUSIC CLEARED FOR USE++WTVD -- NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH, DURHAM, FAYETTEVILLE; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSMoore County, North Carolina - 5 December 20221. Various aerials of crews doing repairs at damaged power substationsANNOTATION: Tens of thousands are bracing for days without electricity in North Carolina after one or more people opened fire on two Duke Energy substations. WTVD -- NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH, DURHAM, FAYETTEVILLE; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSCarthage, North Carolina -- 5 December 2022++PARTIALLY COVERED++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Roy Cooper, (D) North Carolina::"Protecting critical infrastructure like our power system must be a top priority. This kind of attack raises a new level of threat. We will be evaluating ways to work with our utility providers and our state and federal officials to make sure that we harden our infrastructure where that's necessary and work to prevent future damage."WTVD -- NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH, DURHAM, FAYETTEVILLE; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSMoore County, North Carolina - 5 December 20223. Various aerials of crews doing repairs at damaged power substationsANNOTATION: Duke Energy has restored power to 9,000 after a peak of 45,000 customers were without in Moore County, which has about 100,000 inhabitants. WTVD -- NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH, DURHAM, FAYETTEVILLE; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSCarthage, North Carolina -- 5 December 20224. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeff Brooks, Duke Energy Spokesman:"This outage will continue until we get those repairs completed. And so we will gradually see more recovery. But we could still see this extend Wednesday into Thursday, somewhere in that timeframe."++WHITE FLASH++5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronnie Fields, Moore County Sheriff:"I will say this, the individual that done the damage knew exactly what they were doing to cause of damage and cause the outage that they did."ANNOTATION: The county announced schools would be closed Tuesday for a second day. WTVD -- NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH, DURHAM, FAYETTEVILLE; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSMoore County, North Carolina - 5 December 20226. Aerial of crews doing repairs at damaged power substationsSTORYLINE:Tens of thousands of people braced Monday for days without electricity in a North Carolina county where authorities say two power substations were shot up by one or more people with apparent criminal intent.Across Moore County, businesses handed out free food or coffee and stores without internet conducted transactions in cash. One economic official described the area known for its golf courses and local pottery as "eerily quiet" at a time of year when businesses are normally full of tourists and holiday shoppers. The county, located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of the state capital of Raleigh, announced schools would be closed Tuesday for a second day because of lingering outages. Duke Energy has restored power to roughly 9,000 customers after a peak of about 45,000 customers were without it. Jeff Brooks, a Duke spokesman, said recovery will be gradual, noting "a pretty sophisticated repair with some fairly large equipment" willl continue into Thursday.Gov. Roy Cooper said state and federal investigators "are leaving no stone unturned in this investigation to find those who are responsible" for the outage in the county, which has about 100,000 people. "Protecting critical infrastructure like our power system must be a top priority," Cooper said at a news conference. "This kind of attack raises a new level of threat. We will be evaluating ways to work with our utility providers and our state and federal officials to make sure that we harden our infrastructure where necessary."Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields declined to discuss many details on Monday about the shootings, other than to say that the damage was done by gunfire. Fields did say that whoever was responsible "knew exactly what they were doing to cause the damage and cause the outage that they did."Meanwhile, traffic lights were out countywide. Drivers treated intersections as four-way stops, which caused some traffic in places such as downtown Carthage. A consistent hum of honks could be heard as people signaled to each other at each nonfunctional traffic light. 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