Widespread power outage in Albany and Lee County - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Problem found in power outage

Power remains out for portions of Lee County following a mid-morning lightning strike.

Georgia Power says its substation on Philema Road had a worn-out lightning arrestor.

That's a piece of equipment that bleeds lightning out of power lines.

The outage was caused because it wasn't working properly when lightning hit around 10:30 this morning.

Several Albany Water, Gas and Light substations were knocked out because WG&L gets service from the transmission line that was hit.

Much of the power has been restored, but about 250 Ga. Power customers and some Sumter EMC customers are still without electricity in Lee County.




A lightning strike around 10:30 knocked out power to parts of Albany and Lee County.

A Georgia Power Company transmission line was struck. That line also supplies power to several Albany Water, Gas and Light substations.

Power is out from Sportsman Club and Philema Roads in Lee County, to Clark Avenue in East Albany, to Northwest Albany.

Ga. Power is working to find the damaged line and repair it.


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