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Power substations at the Duke Energy West End location in Moore County, N.C., were damaged in an attack that left tens of thousands of people without electricity. Click the headline to see more articles about the attack and recovery.

Thousands get power back, but many more will be in the dark for days in Moore County, NC

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Lucille Christie grabs some coffee cake at a makeshift shelter inside the Southern Pines police station on Dec. 12, 2022. Residents were invited to charge their phones, connect to internet and warm themselves inside the station.

Duke Energy says about 7,000 customers in Moore County, North Carolina, got power back overnight after someone shot critical equipment at two substations over the weekend.

But Duke spokesman Jeff Brooks said 38,000 customers were still without power as of Monday morning.

"We could see some more customers coming on in the next day or so. But the vast majority will need until about Wednesday or Thursday, to be restored due to the repairs that we're having to do and the equipment we have to replace," Brooks said.

Brooks says extensive damage to the Moore County substations is slowing repairs.

"Some of that equipment could be repaired, or at least (is) in the process of being repaired. Other equipment was damaged to the point that it needed to be replaced. And that is where some of the challenges have come, in just, you know, the scale of work that has to be done there," he said.

The FBI and State Bureau of Investigation have joined the Moore County Sheriff's Office in trying to find who is responsible.

David Boraks previously covered climate change and the environment for WFAE. See more at www.wfae.org/climate-news. He also has covered housing and homelessness, energy and the environment, transportation and business.