Up to 24,000 Alabama Power customers in Calhoun County were briefly without electricity Thursday morning after service to several substations was severed by an equipment failure, a company spokeswoman said.
Nine of those substations were without electricity in the outage that started just after 10:30 a.m., Jacki Lowry said by phone, leaving the company’s customers in the dark for less than an hour. The spokeswoman said some of the utility’s equipment in one of those substations contributed to the outage, which affected a large area of the county. Lowry said the cause of the failure wasn’t yet clear Thursday afternoon.
She described the interruption as “a transmission outage,” earlier that morning, meaning that the problem existed between where the company's electricity is generated and the tall, large lines that transmit that power to smaller distributing lines.
The spokeswoman said the outage area stretched from Alabama Power’s offices on Quintard Avenue north to Jacksonville, pulling in McClellan and Weaver.
Residents and agencies in those areas, as well as in Saks, Golden Springs and many other parts of Anniston told The Star they were without electricity Thursday morning.
Power was restored at The Star’s offices just after 11 a.m., as the company’s employees found ways to re-route power to some 2,000 affected. Lowry said a short time later that all experiencing the outage were back online.