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Power outage caused by lightning strike

By CALVIN PYNN and

MELINDA WILLIAMS

 

It was a lightning strike that shut down electricity to more than 8,000 Appalachian Power Co. customers in the town of Pulaski and Pulaski County Tuesday afternoon.

Teresa Hamilton Hall, spokeswoman for APCo, said a problem with a main transmission line was at first thought to have caused the 2:22 p.m. outage. However, a technician discovered upon arrival on the scene that lightning struck the Peak Creek substation behind Virginia Eagle Distributing, formerly Eden’s Distributing.

About 8,100 customers were without power at the peak of the outage, Hall said. Power was restored around 4 p.m.

In addition to being without electricity for the afternoon, residents also were hindered as stoplights went out and government offices closed for the day. Members of the Pulaski Police Department and the town’s fire marshal helped direct traffic through the busiest intersections.

Tuesday was the last day for Pulaski town residents to pay their water bills, but the town decided to postpone that deadline until Wednesday, May 28, at 5 p.m. since the power outage shut down government offices, according to an announcement from the town’s finance department. The non-payment water cutoff date has now been moved to Thursday, May 29.

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