Power outage affects 5,200 in Rockingham

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

ROCKINGHAM — A power outage affected about 5,200 Duke Energy customers in the southern Rockingham and East Rockingham areas, a spokesperson for the company said Friday.

The outage began at about 7:30 a.m. and a text notification sent out a short time later to affected customers said the outage was “caused by power lines.” The text also stated that 1,224 customers had been affected as of 9:07 a.m.

Meghan Miles, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, said the total number of affected customers was about 5,200. Miles said the outage was caused by a piece of equipment that failed at the substation in East Rockingham and that the issue was resolved by 8:58 p.m., though many were without power for another hour or two.

Miles said there was no reason to suspect any malicious intent behind the outage.

The outage map on the company’s website showed the outage being centered on a point near McDonald Avenue and Fieldcrest Lane as of 10:30 a.m. with less than 50 still without power.

If you have further questions you can contact Duke Energy at 800-452-2777 for residential customers and 866-582-6345 for business customers.

By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer

Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674 or [email protected]

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