A Duke Energy power outage covering all of downtown Wilkesboro, part of downtown North Wilkesboro and other areas of the two towns occurred at mid-morning Monday.
According to a Duke Energy notice to customers, an outage affecting about 879 customers was reported at 10:37 a.m. Monday. Customers losing electricity included Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, the Wilkesboro Police Station and Wilkesboro Town Hall on Main Street, Wilkes County Courthouse, Wilkes County Office Building, Wilkes Department of Social Services, Wilkes County Health Department and many commercial establishments.
Although the notice estimated that power would be restored by 1:45 p.m., nearly all Duke Energy customers in Wilkes had electricity by 11:15 a.m. Monday.
The outage lasted about 30 minutes at Wilkes Medical Center, said hospital spokesman Joe McCloskey. “Emergency generators kicked in and the hospital maintained operations during this time,” said McCloskey.
Court operations resumed at the Wilkes County Courthouse when electricity was restored.
The Duke Energy outage map showed about five residential customers in the Wilkesboros still without electricity at 11:45 a.m.
A Duke Energy spokesman said the cause of the outage hadn’t been determined, but som local government officials said there were reports of a problem with a transformer. Spokesmen for the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro police departments said no accidents that might have caused a power outage were reported.
The Duke Energy online outage map showed 880 customers losing electricity in an area stretching to Call Street and the Wilkes County Courthouse in Wilkesboro on the south and to near the intersection of Boone Trail and Friendship-Cross Street in North Wilkesboro on the north.
On the east, it included the eastern end of Main Street, North Wilkesboro (but not town hall), and to just west of the Wilkesboro Wastewater Treatment Plant off Old U.S. 421.
On the west, it went to just east of the intersection of D Street and Old Brickyard Road in North Wilkesboro and to near the intersection of West Main and North Brook streets in Wilkesboro.