Over 8,000 Duke Energy Progress customers in the Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road corridors in North Raleigh lost power just before midday Tuesday, and police were dispatched throughout the area to direct traffic where lights were out.
Firefighters initially were sent to a report of an explosion at Bridgeport and Stonecliff drives, and they reported the source was a power-company equipment box.
Duke listed the outage as beginning at 11:51 a.m. and said it hoped to have power back by 2:45 p.m.
Police officers were spread across the outage area to direct traffic at the busiest intersections.
On its website, Duke said, “The outage was caused by damage to our transmission lines.”
The company said its count was that 8,203 lost power initially, and it stayed out for 8,070 customers.