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Thousands in the dark after Greenville power outage

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Utility officials in Greenville say a
failed lightning arrester caused a power failure that left about
25,000 customers without light and air conditioning for about 20
minutes.

Greenville Utilities spokeswoman Sue Hatch said the failure
occurred around 5 p.m. Tuesday and originated at one of the city's
substations. Most of the outages affected residents on the southern
edge of the city.

Lightning arresters are designed to protect equipment from
lightning strikes.

Despite temperatures in the 90s, Hatch said the incident was not
heat-related or load-related.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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