About 8,000 Duke Energy customers in northern Orange and western Durham counties lost power Wednesday morning because a problem with a transmission line knocked out three substations, officials said.
Orange County Emergency Management Services reported that Duke had estimated 8,000 people were without service.
A company spokesman at Duke’s Charlotte headquarters put the estimate at “about 7,000” shortly before 11 a.m. The problem was reported just before 10 a.m., according to the company’s website that shows outages.
The company posted an estimated restoration time of noon, but the spokesman said it could be earlier if crews find a problem they can repair more quickly.
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Details of the problem with the line were not immediately available.