Power restored in Lee County after 2,000 customer outage
Posted January 2, 2018 8:36 a.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2018 9:57 a.m. EST
Lee County, N.C. — Over 2,000 customers were without power on Tuesday in Lee County on one of the coldest mornings of the season.
An official with the Central Electric Membership Corporation said the outage, which started around 6:45 a.m., was due to an equipment failure.
Power was restored to all customers by 7:30 a.m.
A total of 2,382 customers were affected in Lee, Harnett, Chatham and Moore counties, which saw temperatures in the low teens Tuesday morning.
A tweet by the South River Electric Corporation, which serves surrounding counties, read:
"Due to extreme cold temperatures, we are experiencing peak demand issues. Please unplug any unnecessary electric devices and lower your thermostat to 68 degrees. If power is lost, it is harder to bring it back online during times of peak demand."