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Power restored to most in Chapel Hill, Carrboro

Posted June 1, 2011

— A power outage affected nearly 5,800 Duke Energy customers in Chapel Hill and Carrboro at its height Wednesday morning, a company spokeswoman said.

By 10 a.m., power had been restored to all but a couple dozen customers in Orange County, according to Duke Energy's web site.

Carrboro town officials said that power has been restored to its downtown, Town Hall and the Century Center. Earlier, police were directing traffic at intersections.

WRAL viewers said that people were milling around on Franklin Street after their businesses and offices lost power. Police said that traffic lights were also out on the street. 

Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said that a problem with a piece of equipment at a substation likely caused the outage, which began around 7:45 a.m.


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  • HeadPro Jun 1, 2011

    "Curious... but why is everybody out in the street?"

    I see you've never been inside an office building when power goes out. For starters, it gets pitch black in buildings with no windows. Also, stagnant air due to no air circulation. Also, curiosity to say the least...

  • cwood3 Jun 1, 2011

    And nobody protested Duke Power?? Hummm!!

    Oh-they don't protest when it gets hot in Chapel Hill!!

  • JustAName Jun 1, 2011

    "Curious... but why is everybody out in the street?"

    No ventilation in the buildings. It eventually gets pretty unbearable when you can't open windows.

  • esprg Jun 1, 2011

    "I could use a power outage at work right about now."
    I so agree w/you! ...lol

  • HappyGirl08 Jun 1, 2011

    Still had power at my office. That is good though. It wouldn't have kept people from coming here!

  • pooodaddy Jun 1, 2011

    Oh NO!!!!

  • sat123 Jun 1, 2011

    We're mostly back up now. I think they're still working on some parts of town. We started getting power back on campus around 8:50am. CHPD did a good job of directing traffic through the major intersections, and drivers (for the most part) did a reasonably adequate job of respecting that non-functioning stoplights turn into 4-way stops.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 1, 2011

    I could use a power outage at work right about now.

  • mike honcho Jun 1, 2011

    as long as home has power....

  • we_all_have_it_coming Jun 1, 2011

    Curious... but why is everybody out in the street?