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Major power outage affects Wake Forest

Posted October 28, 2013

Wake Forest

— Power has been restored to about 3,250 customers in Wake Forest following an outage Monday morning.

Town spokesman Bill Crabtree said in a statement that the outage happened when two blown fuses caused a circuit breaker to activate.

The northwest section of Wake Forest, including several neighborhoods along Durham Road and most of downtown, was without power from about 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

The eastern portion of Stadium Drive and west of South Main Street, as well as all of North Main Street, the East End Area, downtown Wake Forest and Wait Avenue were affected, Crabtree said.

The outage also disrupted telephone service.


 

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  • pab7165 Oct 29, 11:35 a.m.

    By my earlier comment, I was in no way stating that the town staff was incompetent by any means. I happen to know a lot of those guys and they are very knowledgeable in their field. I also think Bill does a great job with the town. I just think maybe the statement behind the reasoning of the outage may have been stated differently as to not cause confusion. Maybe we had problems with a couple of breakers...and maybe left the blown fuses out of it. Regardless..I know these guys respond as quickly and safely as possible and do a great job.

    And yes..I know with electricity, ridiculous (sometimes unexplained) things can happen.

  • adeal064 Oct 29, 10:40 a.m.

    I had power on 3miles down Purnell Rd, I also have Wake Electric though. Shame, on a town official who is speaking on behalf the town for an electrical problem he has no insight on. As well, way to go power guys!

  • govtpackmule Oct 29, 10:39 a.m.

    "If the fuses were sized improperly, this could cause the fault to bypass the fuses and kick the breakers, but if the fuses were blown, as stated by Crabtree"

    Yea they really didn't relay information in the best manner, but it does sound like a fault caused the fuses to blow and activate the breaker at the same time. It can happen.

    The big question is why isn't the breaker equipped with an automatic recloser?

  • JPE Oct 29, 10:22 a.m.

    It really sounds like what the town spokesman is saying is "well, the town has two fuses, and they both blew."
    Ya can't make this stuff up, folks.

  • golorealist Oct 29, 9:39 a.m.

    "major" power outage? it was a power outage, but i don't know about "major".

  • davidgnews Oct 29, 8:40 a.m.

    "Town spokesman Bill Crabtree said in a statement that the outage happened when two blown fuses caused a circuit breaker to activate."

    I think it's clear that Crabtree might be anything but an electrician. Good one!

  • pab7165 Oct 29, 8:22 a.m.

    "Note to WRAL: Fuses don't cause circuit breakers to blow. That's like saying a shoulder harness caused a seat belt to malfunction."

    Agree. If the fuses were sized improperly, this could cause the fault to bypass the fuses and kick the breakers, but if the fuses were blown, as stated by Crabtree...not sure how this created the breakers to operate...hmmm

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Oct 29, 8:17 a.m.

    Thank you to these brave men that work in a highly dangerous job for getting the power back on. Not only do you have to locate the fuses blown but you also have to clear what caused the fuses to blow. Tree limb, vines, car accident, dead squirrel, etc. Note to RKMA - fuses can and do cause circuit breakers to switch off....it's called a safety measure! Nash Community offers a class in Electric Lineman maybe you should take it.

  • RKBA Oct 28, 6:14 p.m.

    Note to WRAL: Fuses don't cause circuit breakers to blow. That's like saying a shoulder harness caused a seat belt to malfunction.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 28, 2:15 p.m.

    It took oven an hour to change two fuses and reset a circuit breaker