Surge knocks out power to more than 35,000

Surge knocks out power to more than 35,000


WESTERLY — A surge through a main transmission line left more than 35,000 customers of both National Grid in Rhode Island and Eversource in Connecticut in the dark early Monday afternoon.

The surge, which occurred at 12:02 p.m., according to National Grid spokesman David Graves, left more than 30,000 in Washington County without power, including thousands in Westerly and Charlestown.

In addition, Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said the surge led to a number of outages across the Pawcatuck River. Gross said 5,900 customers were without electricity in Pawcatuck and 1,100 in North Stonington. Several outages were reported in Ledyard and one was reported in Voluntown as well, Gross said.

“Our crews were troubleshooting an issue at our West Kingston substation late this morning when we experienced an unplanned loss off power that impacted a half dozen substations in the area,” said Graves, director of communication for National Grid Rhode Island.

“Service to more than 35,000 customers was disrupted for periods ranging from 6 minutes to one group of approximately 2,900 customers who were out for about 60 minutes,” he said.

According to National Grid, workers were able to restore power to the vast majority of customers by 12:12 p.m., just 10 minutes after the outage was first reported. Some customers experienced delays in their electricity being restored because of the widespread nature of the issue.

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