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Chapel Hill residents experience power outages on first day of UNC final exam period

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UNC receives energy from the Cogeneration Plant on its campus as well as from Duke Energy.

Update 7:15 p.m.: Power has been restored in the area, according to the Duke Energy Outage Map. 


Over 4,000 Chapel Hill residents experienced power outages Friday afternoon, according to a Duke Energy power alert.

Duke Energy identified the outage, which started around 2 p.m., along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, roughly between Weaver Dairy Road and Umstead Drive. 

Most of the traffic lights on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are out, according to Chapel Hill Police. Drivers should treat traffic lights without power as a four-way stop.

Friday was the first day of UNC's final exam period, and many students are impacted by these power outages, as much of the affected areas are in a 2-mile radius of campus.

Staff from Duke Energy are working to fix the outage, with an estimated time of restoration of 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the power outage in Chapel Hill, click here.

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