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Large power outage impacting Watauga this afternoon – Mon Jan 18, 2021

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Last Updated on January 19, 2021 9:45 am

UPDATE – Power was fully restored on Monday night.

UPDATE 5 PM – Outages are down to 702 in Watauga, 342 in Ashe and 87 in Wilkes. Work continues to repair the issue.


A large power outage is impacting Watauga, Ashe and Wilkes counties this afternoon.

A piece of substation equipment has malfunctioned, according to Renee Whitener with Blue Ridge Energy.

As of 3:11pm the following Blue Ridge Energy members were without power: 2,614 in Watauga, 543 in Ashe, 93 in Wilkes.

A current time frame on when the repair could be made was unavailable.

Outage map screen shot from Blue Ridge Energy.

Large power outage impacting Watauga this afternoon - Mon Jan 18, 2021
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