Authorities were investigating widespread overnight power outages in south-central North Carolina as deliberate criminal acts, the Moore County sheriff said in a statement late Saturday.
An estimated 45,000 customers were without electricity late Saturday, with no estimate of a recovery time because a number of facilities are involved and the work will be complicated, said Jeff Brooks, a spokesman for utility company Duke Energy.
Sewer lift stations were also out of order and authorities advised residents to stay off the roads.
“There have been multiple accidents,” the Southern Pines administration said in a statement posted to Facebook.
Both Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields and Brooks report that vandalism could be the possible cause of the outage. Brooks said he could not further describe the nature of the possible crime.
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