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Suspected vandals leave thousands in the dark in North Carolina

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North Carolina outageVandalism may have caused a mass power outage in a central North Carolina county, leaving about 45,000 homes and businesses in the dark Saturday night into early Sunday, affecting everything from Sunday worship services to golfers teeing off at well-known Pinehurst Resort.

Outages began around 7 p.m. Saturday, and utility workers found evidence at multiple electric substations that "indicated intentional vandalism had occurred," Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a statement.

About 64% of Moore County's electric customers remained without power on Sunday morning in the largely rural area about 90 miles (145 km) east of Charlotte, according to tracking site

Jeff Brooks, a spokesperson for Duke Energy (DUK.N), told the media late Saturday that there was "no estimate on restoration time because a number of facilities are involved and the work will be complicated."


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