UPDATE: Power restored in city from outage
UPDATED 4 P.M.
The latest power outage in the city left about 3,000 customers across parts of High Point without electricity early Wednesday.
Businesses and residences were without electricity starting at 5:35 a.m. for several hours because of an outage that stemmed from a problem at the Burton Avenue substation.
The problem originated with an underground cable at the substation at Burton and English Road, said Larry Hopkins, city electric operations engineer.
“The breaker that feeds that cable didn’t trip. We don’t know why right now,” Hopkins tells The High Point Enterprise. “Because it didn’t trip, it backed up and took out our main breaker, which caused that whole side of the station to go down.”
The area affected by the outage stretched from Westchester Drive north along the Davidson County line to Sandy Ridge Road on the northwest edge of the city. Another section of the city affected was from E. Lexington Avenue north through the Deep River area to parts of the city along and off Wendover Avenue in north High Point, according to an Electric Utilities Department outage map online.
The loss of electricity Wednesday morning represents the latest in a recent string of higher-profile — but apparently unrelated — outages in the city.
In mid-June, about 6,000 customers were affected by an outage on one of the hottest days of this year. The outage occurred because of a problem at a power station that cascaded into other issues. In early June, about 1,000 customers lost power when vehicles in a pair a separate accidents took down power poles along two High Point roadways.
The Enterprise also has received reports dating back through the spring from people reporting sporadic, smaller outages affecting neighborhoods or residences on adjoining streets.
The city of High Point Electric Utilities Department on Wednesday wasn’t able to provide a detailed accounting of outages during the past couple of months.
The periodic outages that have happened in different parts of the city this spring and summer don’t result from an underlying issue or problem, Hopkins said. The only possible tie-in is regular maintenance work done at substations.
“We’ve been finishing up our maintenance for the year. So we’ve had pieces of stations down as we were working on them,” he said.
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UPDATED 10 A.M.
City of High Point Electric Utilities Department crews have restored power after an outage about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning that affected approximately 3,000 customers.
The outage stemmed from problems at the Burton Street substation, said Larry Hopkins, electric operations engineer for the city. See further details later today here and in Thursday's print edition.
At least 2,000 customers of the city of High Point Electric Utilities Department were without power early Wednesday because of an outage affecting widespread parts of western, northwestern and eastern sections of High Point.
At 8 a.m., the city had received nearly 100 calls about the outage, according to the Electric Utilities Department website. The area affected reaches from Westchester Drive north along the Davidson County line to Sandy Ridge Road on the northwest edge of the city. Another section of the city affected is from E. Lexington Avenue north through the Deep River area to parts of High Point along and off Wendover Avenue in north High Point, according to an Electric Utilities Department outage map online.
Crews are out trying to restore power. See more details later at HPE.com