WAKE FOREST — Vines growing in a transformer between houses on North Taylor Street caused two fuses to blow, leaving about 3,250 Wake Forest Power customers without power Monday morning.
Most of downtown Wake Forest and several neighborhoods in the town’s northwest section were plunged into darkness about 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to town spokesman Bill Crabtree. Power crews got the power working again by 12:50 p.m.
The blown fuses activated the recloser, a circuit breaker designed to prevent further damage by shutting itself off, said Public Works and Utilities Director Mike Barton.
The outage also affected the Town of Wake Forest’s telephone system causing numerous calls to town hall, the police department and the public works operations center to be dropped or disconnected. Town officials are investigating the cause of the phone issues.
Wake Forest Power serves more than 5,400 residential customers and 800 commercial customers.