Power restored after outage this afternoon
About 6,000 customers of the city of High Point Electric Utilities Department lost power Thursday afternoon on the hottest day of the year so far during an outage affecting sections of eastern and southern High Point.
The outage struck at 12:52 p.m. and affected most customers for a half an hour, said Larry Hopkins, city electric operations engineer. But all electricity wasn’t restored until 2:08 p.m., he said.
The outage affected an area in the southern and eastern part of the city stretching from Surrett Drive to U.S. 311 and Liberty Road near the border with Archdale, according to the Electric Utilities Department website.
The outage took place on the hottest day in the city during 2013. The high Thursday afternoon topped out at 92 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Hopkins said the outage resulted from a series of events.
City electric crews were bringing one station back on line after maintenance when another problem happened at a second power station.
“Both those stations are downtown. So we had a lot of load over on a third station. Then we had an insulator go bad, which caused a fault on the line, or a short-circuit on the line. And that took us over the edge and tripped that station off,” Hopkins said.
The load on the system from power usage on a hot day contributed to the outage, he said.
“The high load magnified the problems,” Hopkins said.
The Electric Utilties Department serves close to 40,000 customers through 700 miles of lines and circuits and 13 substations, according to the city’s website.