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Blown transformer leaves thousands without power in south Charlotte

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A blown electrical transformer left thousands without power in South Charlotte on Monday night – when temperatures were expected to drop into the teens.

But power was restored to customers overnight. Early Tuesday, about 21 customers in Duke Energy were without power in Mecklenburg County, according to the Duke Energy website.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police blocked off Providence Road from Cavendish Court to South Sharon Amity Road at 6 p.m., according to Capt. Rich Austin. The road was closed for about three hours.

“The wind’s really gusting and we tend to have these kinds of things happen at times like this,” he said.

According to Duke Energy, around 8 p.m. 3,305 customers were without power in Mecklenburg County, where an arctic chill has also brought strong winds.

Austin said it may be 11 p.m. before the repairs are fully completed.

No one was injured and no buildings or homes were damaged.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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