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Power outage affects 12,000 in downtown Raleigh

Posted September 24, 2012

Crews working on an electrical substation in downtown Raleigh on Monday tripped a safety mechanism, causing a power outage for 12,400 customers.

Jeff Brooks of Progress Energy said the workers were updating equipment in the substation when the safety mechanism activated. That substation and a second one in the area were both de-energized, he said.

The customers affected are mainly downtown, with some in the southeastern part of the city.

Crews were working on the outage shortly before 12:30 p.m., but Brooks said it was unclear how soon electricity would be restored.


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  • Frank Downtown Sep 24, 2012

    SE Raleigh is always given the bum deal! Everytime the wind blows the power goes out. I guess we are not good enought like North Raleigh to have good and reliable power?

  • chuckbiscuits Sep 24, 2012

    This has nothing to do with trees. There is a substation on East St. that serves the CBD that they are servicing that entered a kind of safe mode. No trees have fallen.

  • mfarmer1 Sep 24, 2012

    I do think that for the most part the workers keep the power on. They should cut back the trees a bit more than what the regulations require. If someone loves there tree so much, guess what so bad, so sad. The good thing is it don't seem anyone was hurt.

  • streetglide Sep 24, 2012

    these guys do a good job,, look at the record of uptime!
    you can bet they are underpaid for thier efforts,, just another blue collar worker holding up his end of the bargin, are you holding up your end ???