Duke Energy: More than 4,000 without power in Gaston County

More than 4,000 customers in Gaston County are without power Monday evening, according to Duke Energy.

An outage first reported at about 6:48 p.m. has affected customers in both Belmont and Cramerton – the result of damage to the electric company’s equipment.

In Belmont, police are working to divert motorists after the outage shut off street and traffic lights, authorities said. Officials believe a transmission line at an area electric substation might have blown.

The outages affect the southern part of Belmont, including the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor and neighborhoods such as Adam’s Bluff and Amity Acres. The downtown area still has electricity, said Adrian Miller, assistant city manager.

In Cramerton, streets west and south of the South Fork Catawba River are without power, including parts of North Main Street and Armstrong Ford Road.

Duke Energy expects power to be restored by 1 a.m. Tuesday.