Power Outages in Buncombe County
Updated: Friday, January 24 2014, 07:29 PM EST
More than 4,500 customers in Buncombe County lost power Friday, including some area schools.
Most of the outages were in Candler and in East Asheville. School crews took generators to WD Williams Elementary and Community
High School, which lost power. But both schools had their power back by
about 9 a.m. Friday.
Duke Energy blames the outage on problems at a substation. It's the same one that failed January 7th that put thousands of homes in the dark when the temperature dropped below zero.
Engineers say they have now found a fix to keep the overloaded substation from shutting down. Duke Energy District Manager Jason Walls says workers made adjustments to the substation's settings and transferred some of the load from that substation to another. That should take care of the problem through cold weather predicted next week.