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Union power outage caused by lightning

Officials at Union Power Cooperative say lightning was responsible for the outage that affected about 22,000 customers in four counties Wednesday night.

Spokeswoman Luanne Sherron says lightning struck a Duke Energy line that feeds Union Power, affecting three Union Power delivery points and seven substations. The outage lasted from about 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Sherron said Duke Energy officials say a “significant lightning strike occurred to a major transmission line, which feeds energy to the delivery points and substations.” The outage affected customers in Union, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Stanly counties.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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