© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WEDH · WEDN · WEDW · WEDY · WNPR
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
ATSC 3.0 FAQ
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Thousands in Moore County, N.C., still lack power after an attack damaged substations

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Whoever opened fire on the power grid in North Carolina last weekend drove some people out of their homes. Nick de la Canal of our member station WFAE met some of them.

NICK DE LA CANAL, BYLINE: A conference room at the Southern Pines Police Department has become a makeshift shelter here. Gail Clark says it's better than her house.

GAIL CLARK: You can't cook. You can't turn on your TV. You can't turn on a light. I don't want to take a shower because it's freezing cold in my house.

DE LA CANAL: Families at the shelter huddle around wall outlets, charging electronic as they warm themselves. Clark is the self-appointed caretaker.

CLARK: I brought some crackers and jelly and coffee cake. And I have cocoa.

DE LA CANAL: She said she considers herself lucky compared to others in the county.

CLARK: We had people here last night who were charging some kind of battery packs for their sister, who's on some kind of heart-lung machine at home and isn't going to survive without power.

DE LA CANAL: Traffic lights remain dark across the county. Most gas stations are shut down. The local hospital is running on generators. At a news conference, Governor Roy Cooper said federal and state investigators are determined to uncover who carried out the attack.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

ROY COOPER: Regardless of motive, violence and sabotage will not be tolerated.

DE LA CANAL: A spokesman for the local utility company said most residents will have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday for power to be restored. For some, that could mean dangerously low temperatures ahead. Sedarius Quick (ph) doesn't want to spend another freezing night at home with his 1-year-old son.

SEDARIUS QUICK: Last night, it kind of broke me because he got below temperature, below freezing. And I can't have my son out in the cold.

DE LA CANAL: Many people left the county to stay with family, friends or at hotels. But he and his son hitched a ride to a different shelter. He's trying to buy a generator if he can find one.

QUICK: I'm hoping that works out.

DE LA CANAL: Yeah.

QUICK: That's what I'm hoping on.

DE LA CANAL: If all else fails, says Quick, they're back to the shelter.

For NPR News, I'm Nick de la Canal in Southern Pines, N.C. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.