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2 weekend power outages leave thousands in the dark
Georgia Power, Excelsior EMC say causes were unrelated
Georgia Power, Excelsior EMC

Power outages Friday and again Sunday left thousands without lights for a short time, but the causes were unrelated.

Both Georgia Power and Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation customers were affected Friday, but only Excelsior EMC customers experienced the Sunday outage.

Friday night's outage was caused by "a green hardwood tree that fell onto a transmission line from off of the right-of-way," said Matt Sawhill, area manager for Statesboro Georgia Power.

No reason was given for the tree falling, but there were no storms or high winds reported.

Howard Porter, manager of member services with Excelsior EMC, said the downed transmission lines were shared lines between his company and Georgia Power.

"We did some switching out (of lines) and were able to pick up power" within a short time, he said. That night, about 5,000 EMC customers were affected, he said. 

Sawhill reported the outage impacted 3,381 Georgia Power customers.  

In a second incident on Sunday, the power went off for about 838 Excelsior EMC customers when a sleeve covering the junction of wires at the Register substation failed, Porter said.

The circuit outage was repaired and electricity restored within one and a half hours, he said.

Bulloch County 911 Director Kelly Barnard said that while there were no automobile accidents, injuries or other troubles caused by the outages, Bulloch County sheriff's deputies did have to direct traffic at intersections along Veteran's Memorial Parkway for a short time Friday evening.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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