Visitors to Ocracoke often wonder how we get electricity to the village. Although there is a 4,400 horsepower generator at Tideland Electric's facility on Odd Fellows Lane that serves the island during emergencies (as was the case after Hurricane Matthew last year), day-to-day power is provided by a large submarine cable laid under Hatteras Inlet.
The photo above shows a small section of the four million dollar armored electric cable, with additional fiber optic cables inside, that was installed in 2005. I didn't measure the cable, but it is about 7" in diameter.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Ellen Marie Cloud's first person
account of the "Great Ocracoke Lighthouse Windows Heist." You can read
it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012117.htm.