Massive Fire At Concord Substation Cuts Out Power To Thousands of Homes

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Several storms around the Charlotte region knocked out power for thousands of residents last night.

According to Duke Energy, over 15,000 outages were spread throughout Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.

power-out-in-downtown-concordThe City of Concord reported that over 13,500 residents were without power due to a major fire at a substation, which started at around 7:19 p.m.

Over 2,000 additional outages were seen throughout Mint Hill and Mountain Island due to fallen trees which damaged overhead power lines. Most Mint Hill and Mountain Island Lake outages were restored late last night.

Duke Energy is still working at the Concord substation to restore energy to its residents.

The City of Concord released the following statement late last night:

“There is currently a widespread power outage in the northern part of the Concord Electric Systems service area. This is due to a fire at a delivery point, causing significant damage to both City and Duke Energy equipment. Crews are on the scene, and working to restore power. There is currently no time estimate on this restoration but signficant repairs are necessary. The City’s phone system was temporarily affected by this outage so calling Customer Care is not recommended at this time. Please visit concordnc.gov/info for updates.”

According to residents, power was restored at about 1:15am last night, but then cut off again at about 5am this morning.

We will update this article as we receive new information about the outages.

UPDATE 6/5/2017 1:00pm: Emergency crews have just finished installing the replacement equipment and have stated that power should now be restored to all Concord area homes.

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