A string of power outages disrupted last-minute shopping plans for some Raleigh residents.
An afternoon outage, affecting thousands in various Raleigh neighborhoods around Glenwood Avenue, struck Crabtree Valley Mall around 3:15 p.m., forcing stores to close for an hour until power was restored.
Mall officials were prepared to call it a day but decided to keep the shopping center open until 6 p.m. after the juice started flowing.
The outage affected Duke Energy Progress equipment serving Crabtree Valley Mall, Rex Hospital and surrounding neighborhoods.
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Pam Guthrie, the mall’s marketing director, said Crabtree stores closed during the outage because they couldn’t process credit card transactions.
She said stores would not take a big hit from the temporary outage.
Christmas Eve is “not a big day for us,” Guthrie said. “It’s a lot of men shopping.”
The first power outages struck in the morning and cut off electricity to nearly 24,000 residents along Glenwood Avenue. Afternoon power outages along Glenwood Avenue, Creedmoor Road and Edwards Mill Road kept about 25,000 residents in the dark.
Duke Energy Progress’s online power outage map showed affected areas reaching as far north as I-540 and west to Lead Mine Road.
Progress spokesman Jeff Brooks said the cause of the outages is under investigation.