CLARKSBURG, N.C. — As the city of Charlotte braces for the worst electricity outage in its history, the storm that brought it under state control in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks is also having a devastating effect on the local economy.
The Charlotte Observer reports the city’s power grid was down for nearly five hours Thursday night and into Friday morning, leaving some customers without power in some neighborhoods.
The blackout is the latest setback for a city that was already reeling from the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2013 and has had to make significant cuts to services in recent years, including cutting back on the number of firefighters and the amount of money the city sends to its schools.
The city’s mayor and police chief are facing tough questions about why the city shut down and how the power went out.
Charlotte’s power outage comes on the heels of the city having its second blackout in three months, which followed an EMP attack on Nov. 6 that caused the state to shut down electricity for more than 100,000 residents.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts says the city has to do more to help residents cope with the disruption.