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Another power outage strikes

Published 5:40pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

For the second time in two days, Tideland Electric Membership Corp. customers suffered power outages because of problems with Dominion Power’s transmission lines.

Dominion Power supplies electricity to Tideland EMC. The Tideland EMC-related outages occurred in Beaufort, Hyde and Washington counties

Wednesday’s power outage occurred about 12:30 a.m., putting about 9,000 Tideland EMC customers in the dark.  Tideland EMC was able to restore power to its Washington and Five Points substations, returning power to about 3,000 households, according to Heidi Jernigan Smith, director of economic development, marketing and corporate communications for Tideland EMC.

T.E. ALLEN/TIDELAND EMC | CONTRIBUTED This damaged insulator caused power outages two days in a row in Beaufort, Hyde and Washington counties.
T.E. ALLEN/TIDELAND EMC | CONTRIBUTED
This damaged insulator caused power outages two days in a row in Beaufort, Hyde and Washington counties.

Power was restored to remaining affected customers at 4:30 a.m. today.

Dominion Power crews located a damaged transmission line insulator that caused the two consecutive power outages, Smith wrote in an email.

The outages also left Belhaven electric customers without power. The town sells electricity to its residents and others in nearby areas.

Smith said Dominion Power on Tuesday sent “an army” of workers who stayed overnight in the area. When the second outage occurred, those workers responded quickly and discovered the bad insulator, which was replaced, Smith said.

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