WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Power is back on after large scale power outages were reported this morning across much of northern Wilmington.
A Duke Energy Progress spokeswoman says the outage began at the Wilmington East Substation and was likely caused by an animal, such as a squirrel, getting into the equipment. The power company's website reported nearly 10,000 people without power at the outage's peak.
New Hanover County 911 was inundated with calls reporting the outage to the point that the 911 Center asked people not to call about it any more, because it was making it difficult for dispatchers to handle other emergencies.
The outage knocked out traffic lights along several main roads, including Market Street, MLK, N. 23rd Street, Castle Hayne Road and Kerr Ave.