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Power restored to most in Chapel Hill, Carrboro

Posted June 1, 2011 8:48 a.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2011 10:14 a.m. EDT

— 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.