Lightning arrestor triggers five-hour Kingsland power outage

KINGSLAND — About 2,200 residents went without power for more than five hours July 18 after a 69,000-volt lightning arrestor at a substation failed, officials said.

Central Texas Electric Co-op crews restored power about 10:45 a.m., said David Peterson, a spokesman for the utility.

"At this time, we do not know what caused the arrestor to fail," he said.

Officials said a lightning arrestor basically protects electrical equipment from the effects of lightning strikes. There were no reports of lightning in the area at the time of the outage.

The power went out about 5:30 a.m., Peterson said.

The substation serves 2,200 CTEC members.

It took five hours to restore power because the substation had to be taken off of the transmission circuit to replace the faulty equipment, Peterson said.

 

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