Friday morning power outage in Danville impacts more than 3,000; more possible in future

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Some customers continue to be without electricity due to power outages caused by wind damage. (PHOTO: Courtesy MGN)

(PHOTO: Courtesy MGN)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — More than 3,000 customers in the Westover area in Danville were impacted by a power outage Friday morning, after a mobile back up unit broke down.

The temporary service experienced “an internal fault,” according to Arnold Hendrix, the public information officer for Danville. The outage began Feb. 14, 7:30 a.m., and power was restored by 9:30 a.m.

The area will continue to depend on this temporary power source until the conventional power transformer, which has served the area for more than 50 years, is repaired or replaced, Hendrix said.

“A blown lightning arrester damaged a bushing in the transformer,” he said.

Utilities Director Jason Grey said the mobile units are not designed to withstand a car crash into a pole or a fallen tree that makes contact with distribution lines. It’s possible for frequent outages until the main power transformer is restored, Grey said.

“New transformers cost several million dollars and can take up to two years for design and construction,” according to a statement from the city.

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