Fire Knocks Out Power For More Than 2000

By Aaron Keck Posted February 5, 2014 at 6:15 am

Story originally posted February 5, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.

**UPDATE – As of 8:00 a.m., Piedmont’s website reported that power had been restored to all but 175 customers in Orange County.

**UPDATE** – As of 6:15 a.m., Piedmont’s website reported that power had been restored to all but 178 customers in Orange County.

**UPDATE** – As of 4:18 a.m., Piedmont’s website indicated that power still had not been restored – and that the number of outages had gone up to 2,448, including 2,406 in Orange County. All the outages are still concentrated around western Carrboro, including West NC-54, Jones Ferry Road, and the area around Carrboro High School.

ORANGE COUNTY – More than 1900 Piedmont Electric customers in southern Orange County lost power at around 10:40 Tuesday night.

According to Piedmont’s website, the outage affected customers in western Carrboro and around Jones Ferry Road. As of 12:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, 1,951 customers were without power, including 1,909 in Orange County.

Shortly after midnight, a Piedmont spokesperson told WCHL the outage was caused by a regulator fire at the Westbrook substation. Crews were on the scene to replace the regulator, but as of 12:20 a.m. it still wasn’t clear when power would be restored.

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