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Update: Reason Behind Widespread Power Outage


Though the outage lasted all of 5 seconds, some people were concerned that the loss of power may have been connected to a bigger issue.

 

After reaching an operator at the Madisonville Electric Department (MED) this morning and finding little information, iSurf News has since spoken with the MED Superintendent, Jim Asbury, who explained the reason for the outage.

“After talking with the Kentucky Utilities [KU] Transmission Department, the only thing I know is that they had some problems on the transmission feed to our local substations and the line relayed, knocking the power out for just a few seconds. To explain it briefly, there was an interruption on the main transmission, meaning that the Madisonville grid was interrupted for some reason.”

In addition, Asbury noted that the interruption or outage affected all of the Madisonville customers as well as other KU customers, which (by individual reports) include parts of Muhlenberg County, Dawson Springs, and Nortonville.

“It was more of a nuisance than a serious problem at this point,” said Asbury, “because everybody has to reset all their stuff, and for all we know it could have been caused by some kind of animal messing with line or something.”

Though Asbury can’t assure customers that the problem won’t occur again today, there seems to have been no further incident as of this time.

Luke Short
iSurf News

 

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