Last Updated on June 20, 2015 6:47 pm
Birds nesting in a substation caused a widespread power outage in the western section of Watauga County on Saturday evening. Renee Whitener, Public Relations Director for Blue Ridge Electric, tells WataugaRoads.com that at the peak 5,142 Watauga County members were without power. Power was fully restored at 10:24pm
A power outage is impacting a large section of western Watauga County. This view of the Blue Ridge EMC outage map at 6:58pm shows 5,130 outages. WataugaRoads.com has been in contact with an official from Blue Ride EMC and will update as more information is available.
*UPDATE 7:38pm – Renee Whitener, Public Relations Director for Blue Ridge EMC, tells WataugaRoads.com that birds nesting in a substation caused the outages. At the peak 5,142 Watauga County members were without power. Linemen are continuing to work to restore power*