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Progress Energy plans Lillington area outage Tuesday night

Posted March 3, 2009

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— Progress Energy will cut power to about 4,300 homes and businesses in Lillington, Mamers and Bunn Level on Tuesday night to make repairs to a substation.

Company spokesman Mike Hughes said the outage would begin about 11:30 p.m. and could last up to three hours.

Progress Energy employees doing a routine inspection found problems Tuesday morning with the equipment at the company’s electric substation serving the Lillington area. Hughes said the repairs are necessary to prevent damage to equipment and avoid a longer, larger power outage in the area.

The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the teens overnight, close to record lows for this date, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

“With it being so cold, we know this is a major inconvenience for our customers, and we’re doing all we can to complete repairs as quickly and safely as possible,” said Marty Clayton, Progress Energy’s community relations manager. “We’ve tried to time the repairs when our customers will be least affected.”

The company alerted customers who need power for medical needs so that they could make other arrangements, Hughes said.

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  • ThisIsMyName Mar 4, 2009

    Fuquay Resident, change the delay on your alarm. What would you do if your garage door opener died? Oh my, that would never happen, would it???

  • ThisIsMyName Mar 4, 2009

    " If a major storm comes through, and there is no redundancy then there will be a LOT of people out of power for a long time."

    DUH!!!!!!!! This happens in a lot of areas. Wake up!

  • Malcontent Mar 4, 2009

    Gee! Why can't they wait til later on in the week, when it'll be warmer?

  • NCPictures Mar 4, 2009

    There is NO REASON why they cannot bypass a sub station! NONE!

    If they cannot bypass a simple substation that means that their system is not redundant. If a major storm comes through, and there is no redundancy then there will be a LOT of people out of power for a long time.

    Glad I have a couple of gen sets!

  • King Studley. Back for now... Mar 4, 2009

    "And, what's the big deal not having power for 3 hours at that time of night?"

    With society's dependence on electrical power, any outage is a pretty big deal, however, for the power company to make such a decision, the necessary repairs must have been an even BIGGER deal than the customers' convenience.

    Bottom line is that there was life before electricity, and the will certainly be life afterward as well.

  • Fuquay Resident Mar 3, 2009

    What's the big deal not having power for 3 hours at that time of night? I won't even be home when the power goes out. I work 2nd shift and don't get home until a little after midnight. I won't be able to open my garage door and that's the only door that has a delay on the alarm so I'll set the alarm off. I'll have to walk to the front door in the dark, fumble with my key trying to find the keyhole, then go into a dark house. Wooo Hooo I can hardly wait to get off work tonight.

  • CherryDarling Mar 3, 2009

    Spoken like a bunch of people who are not going to be affected...

    Oh, and before you say you ARE going to be affected (ah - yeah - right...), don't bother.

  • ThisIsMyName Mar 3, 2009

    If your home can't stay warm enough for 3 hours without power, you're in sad shape. And, what's the big deal not having power for 3 hours at that time of night? Bunch of cry babies.

  • areadriver Mar 3, 2009

    I'm sure the linemen don't want to be out there in fifteen degree weather either. Have y'all ever tried to use hand tools (wrenches and screwdrivers) with gloves on in 15 degrees? Not too fun people. Whatever is wrong with the substation must be pretty bad, if they have to make these emergency repairs. It could be worse. It could go down and everyone be out of power...period.

  • CherryDarling Mar 3, 2009

    BTW, WRAL...

    This should be one of your TOP headlines - this way people will know this is coming...

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