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Power outage hits 13,000-plus in central Durham, sub-station problem cited

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A Duke Energy outage map reports a blackout that affected about 13,000 customers in central Durham, NC, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
A Duke Energy outage map reports a blackout that affected about 13,000 customers in central Durham, NC, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Duke Energy

Power was restored just before noon Thursday to many areas in and around downtown, Duke Energy said. The power outage hit central Durham at mid-morning Thursday, knocking out service to about 13,000 customers, Duke Energy said.

Police said the outage extended from north of Interstate 85 to south of N.C. 147.

A Duke spokesman said the problem was at a sub-station on Washington Street, but crews did not immediately know what went wrong there.

An earlier alert from Durham County stated that power was expected to be restored by 1:15 p.m.

As of about 11:30 a.m., the power at Downtown Durham Inc. had been restored after being out for about an hour, said Matt Gladdek, director of policy and planning at DDI.

The Durham Police Department reported that many street lights downtown were without power.

City Hall had power, said Beverly Thompson, Durham’s public affairs director. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau was managing to operate without power. The popular Dame’s Chicken & Waffles restaurant on Main Street still had power, a receptionist stated.

The main portion of American Tobacco Campus had power, but the VIP lot across Blackwell Street was affected by the outage, said Valerie Ward, an American Tobacco spokeswoman.

North Carolina Central University was not affected by the outage, although areas north of campus were, said Kia Bell, university spokesperson.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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