Here’s why part of Lebanon County lost power on Sunday

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If you went without power Sunday morning, you weren’t alone. Met-Ed says a peak of 8,000 customers lost power Sunday morning due to a transmission line issue near the Expo Center.

Met-Ed has approximately 59,000 customers in Lebanon County were affected, or about 14% of customers.

The outage affected residents in South Lebanon and North Cornwall townships. It began Sunday morning around 6:40am when a wooden cross on a 69,000-volt transmission line broke behind the Expo Hall at the Lebanon County Fairgrounds.

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The transmission line failure was compounded by an equipment malfunction at a Met-Ed substation near Broad Street. This failure affected three other nearby substations, with about 2,000 customers affected through each of the four total substations.

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Power was restored to everyone by noon, but half of affected customers had power restored by 8am and another 2,000 were restored mid-morning.

Met-Ed spokesperson Todd Meyers said that it wasn’t 100% certain what caused the wooden cross to fall, but wind over the previous days and weeks was the likely cause.

Met-Ed is one of several companies operated by First Energy in Pennsylvania.

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