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Power substation attacks force Pinehurst to close clubhouse, leave resort with limited power

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Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers in Moore Country, North Carolina, lost power after police said two power substations were deliberately damaged by gunfire Saturday night.

The list of victims includes the resort of Pinehurst.

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According to the Pinehurst websiteparts of the resort, including all of its golf courses, remain open, but the main club has been closed among other temporary changes.

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“While Pinehurst Resort has been affected by widespread power outages in Moore County, we are working hard to provide our guests with the best possible experience under these challenging circumstances,” the resort said in a statement. “At this time, the resort remains open and golf is still being played, but we are making temporary changes due to limited power supply throughout the resort.”

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The resort is also not accepting any new bookings for this week, while current guests have been rebooked to food-generated rooms at the Carolina Hotel, which will also process all registrations at this time. The spa and shops are closed and the only restaurant in the resort is Carolina Dining.

“As we battle a widespread power outage in Moore County, we have improved but currently still limited access to phone and email inquiries,” the resort added.

The stoplights around the resort were out of service as of Tuesday morning and the curfew is in effect from 21:00 to 05:00 local time. Duke Energy workers are working quickly to restore power to the roughly 40,000 affected customers, but some are expected to remain without power until Thursday.

Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said during a press conference that two substations located in the South Pines were hit by multiple projectiles and that the attack “was not accidental.” According to Duke Energy, the damage is in the millions.

No suspects have been identified.



Source: www.golfchannel.com

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