DUNN, N.C. (WNCN) — As some of the hottest temperatures of the summer hit North Carolina, parts of Harnett County will be without power for hours — for the second day in a row this weekend.
According to customer reports, areas of Dunn suffered through a 6-hour outage for 7,000 customers on Saturday. Duke Energy, however, said the Saturday outage affected 4,500 to 5,000 customers.
“This was caused by some equipment malfunction at one of our substations,” Meredith Archie with Duke Energy said in a message to CBS North Carolina.
Then, on Sunday afternoon, there were more reports of scattered outages in the same area — and a planned large outage to repair equipment on Sunday evening.
“We were able to make temporary repairs last night to restore power, but will be making the permanent repairs today,” Archie said.
Starting around 7 p.m. Sunday, 4,500 customers in Dunn will be without power for 2 hours, Archie said before the outage.
However, the outage showed up on Duke Energy’s website around 7:35 p.m. and affects 5,900 customers, the website said. Power won’t be restored until 9:45 p.m., according to the website.
Archie said that the company will be making “emergency repairs” to a substation in Dunn.
Archie said the outage Sunday “will include most of the city limits of Dunn and some outlying areas. Not the hospital and other critical infrastructure though.”
Brenda Gantt Turbeville, a Duke customer in Dunn, told WNCN that Saturday’s outage lasted for more than 6 hours.
Then, without warning around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Turbeville said she and some others lost power again in Dunn.
“Power out again in Dunn. Said equipment failure. Estimated time of repair after 5. It’s HOT,” Turbeville wrote.
The power was back on by 10 p.m.