A mechanical failure at the Adams substation for FirstEnergy is being blamed for this morning’s power outage in Norwalk.
“Fortunately it was short and easy to take care of,” FirstEnergy spokesman Chris Eck said. “You never know when a piece of equipment will reach the end of its life cycle.”
The outage impacted Norwalk city hall and several businesses and Huron County buildings. Motorists witnessed the traffic lights were out in downtown on Main Street from about Case Avenue/Church Street through Foster Street, but were working at the Woodlawn Avenue intersection.
Eck said he didn’t have the total number of affected customers, but noted that some substations could oversee several buildings that require a lot of electricity while others might cover as many as 10,000 residents.
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(UPDATED at 10:51 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019)
Power has been restored in Norwalk.
The outage didn’t last more than 15 minutes in most places.
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A widespread power outage occurred in Norwalk this morning, beginning about 10 a.m.
Shortly afterward, fire trucks were called out of the station.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.