Over 3,600 Duke Energy customers in a large area of southwestern Wilkes County and part of western Wilkesboro lost electricity about 9 a.m. Wednesday and still were without power at 10 a.m.
Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland said he was told that the outage resulted from the Duke Energy power station on Old Highway 268 (Browns Ford Road) going down.
Noland said the Town of Wilkesboro water treat plant off River Street is without electricity due to the outage so is operating with three generators to keep water flowing through town. He said efforts are underway to reroute to another power station on Brook Street.
A Duke Energy media spokesman said around 9:30 a.m. that she would share information about the cause when she heard from a crew on its way to make repairs.
According to the Duke Energy website, repairs should be completed by 11:30 a.m. The website said 3,673 customers in Wilkes lost electricity.
The Duke Energy outage map shows the outage fanning out westward from a point where the company has a power station along Old N.C. 268 just west of Blue Ridge Tractor, plus a small area to the east that includes part of western Wilkesboro.
The map shows the outage going westward on U.S. 421 to just east of the Fall Creek Road intersection at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountain escarpment, to the Wilkes-Caldwell county line on N.C. 18 South and to the Wilkes-Caldwell county line on N.C. 268 West.