GILMER--Some 13,521 meters served by the Gilmer-based Upshur-Rural Electric Cooperative lost power for a time Friday as five substations went out, said Upshur-Rural Office Manager Melissa Reeves.
The preliminary investigative finding is that "faulty material" in a transmission line, which exploded north of the Diana community, caused the outage, said Upshur-Rural Administrative Services Manager Doug Murphy. The power failure occurred shortly after 8 a.m., and service was restored to all meters by 1:06 p.m., said Upshur-Rural officials.
The affected substations were East Mountain, Diana, Kilgore, Bethlehem (east of Gilmer), and Glenwood, Ms. Reeves reported.
By shortly after 11:20 a.m., she said, power had been restored to the East Mountain and Kilgore substations, but 6,412 meters remained out at that hour.
Upshur-Rural serves slightly more than 45,000 meters, representing about 32,000 actual customers, in 10 counties.