Moore County continues under state of emergency

Moore County continues under state of emergency
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 8:14 AM EST
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MOORE COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - People in North Carolina are still without power after two Duke Energy stations were intentionally targeted with gunfire Saturday night.

34,000 people are still without power since around 7 p.m. on Saturday, mainly the residents of Moore County. About 11,000 have received power back.

Residents were left with no heat or gas to warm their homes over the weekend with freezing temperatures.

Countywide curfews have been issued from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. across Moore County and schools are closed today and maybe tomorrow as well.

Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields had a message for the offenders during a news conference Sunday afternoon.

“Now I can say this, this individual that did this was targeted, it wasn’t random. We’re not going to let this hold us back and I can promise you to the perpetrators out there, we will find you,” said Fields.

The SBI and FBI have joined the investigation and no individual or group has claimed responsibility.

Power is not expected to be restored until Thursday due to the severity of the damage to the equipment at the two substations.