40,000 NC Residents Without Power After Coordinated Substation Attacks ⋆ Authorities are calling the situation “intentional vandalism”. ⋆ Flag And Cross

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In Moore County, North Carolina there is darkness.

Over the weekend, a strange and coordinated attacks on a number of power substations has left tens of thousands of residents without power.

Over 40,000 Moore County, North Carolina residents were powerless on Sunday afternoon after two substations were taken out by gunfire on Saturday night, according to police.

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Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a Facebook post on Saturday that just after 7 p.m. on that night, several communities across the county began to experience power outages.

Duke Energy, which operates the power grid in the county, responded to at least two different substations and there was evidence of intentional vandalism at both, Fields said.

The situation was a new one for residents and officials alike.

“We faced something last night here in Moore County we have never faced before,” Fields said during a Facebook Live press conference on Sunday afternoon.

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The sheriff gave a few more details about the situation, saying there was extensive damage found at two substations caused by multiple gunshots, which caused power outages primarily in the central and northern portions of the county.

Few further details about this act of “intentional vandalism” have been released thus far, with authorities, including the FBI, still attempting to establish a motive in the attack.

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