Animal causes power outage

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Approximately 4,000 customers in the Powdersville area lost power this morning (Tuesday) after an animal “interacted” with electrical equipment, according to Duke Energy. Duke Energy’s Online Outage Map showed 3,956 customers were without power in the Powdersville area earlier today. Traffic signals in the area of Hwy. 153 and surrounding roads were also not working due to the outage. Concrete Primary, Powdersville Elementary and Powdersville Middle School dismissed early and many businesses and restaurants were closed.

According to a Duke Energy, “The outage is at a substation and was caused by an animal interacting with our equipment, which caused downstream impacts to the transformer system. We are assessing what if any damage has occurred and working to restore the equipment to service. We expect this to be complete by late afternoon. We will be working in the interim to switch as many customers as we can to different circuits in order to restore their service. We do know that several schools are impacted and are working to restore those facilities as well.”

Duke expected to have power restored in the area by 4 p.m. No details were provided on what type animal caused the problem.