Thousands brave the cold amidst widespread Atlantic Beach power outages

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WITN) – Thousands of homes are without power in one town as Eastern Carolina grapples with its coldest conditions in more than a year.

According to a Duke-Progress Energy report, over 3,600 customers were without power along the Atlantic Beach strip. That number is now down to a little over 2,300.

According to Duke Energy, outages are expected to last until January 21st at 6 p.m., this estimated time of restoration has been extended from the initial 10:45 a.m.

An outage was reported around 6:10 a.m. caused by damage to major power lines, according to Duke.

According to the WITN First Alert Weather Team, Forecaster Dustin Staples and Chief Meteorologist Zach Holder say there was a bone-chilling temperature of 24 degrees and a reported wind chill of 11 degrees, at the time of the power outage.

Atlantic Beach police can be seen at intersections directing traffic while work to fix the outages is underway.

“We spoke with Duke Power and they are working on switching over some systems that failed. They are changing the power grid to a new one and are actively working to get it fixed. They should have it all fixed in a few hours,” Atlantic Beach Police Chief, David Clifton said.

WITN will have more updates as we gather more details.

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