MOUNT PLEASANT — About 1,200 of the almost 2,200 customers without power Saturday in Mount Pleasant were able to watch TV and flip on their lights by shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday after more than two hours without power.
We Energies stated there were 10 outages initially, which originally affected 2,199 customers in the Mount Pleasant region. We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said the power outage occurred at 2:40 p.m. Saturday. By just before 4:30 p.m., that dropped to nine reported outages affecting 2,198 customers, according to the power company.
“An insulator broke. We’re not sure why. The insulator is attached to the cross arm (that also broke), and wires came in contact with each other,” Manthey said. “It’s not a blown transformer. When they go and they trip, it makes a loud noise.”
The power company — and local fire departments — received calls about popping and smoking meters on their buildings or homes. Their power will be restored “after it is safe (to) re-energize that area,” Manthey said.
Late Saturday afternoon, Manthey said about 1,200 of the affected customers should have had their power restored by about 5 p.m. But the other 1,000 customers might have had to wait longer before their lights come back on, he said.
Just before 9 p.m. Saturday, 991 customers still were without power, according to We Energies.
He said crews hoped to have power restored to the last 1,000 customers by sometime Saturday night, but “it depends on what we come across. We are calling in extra crews.”