Power restored to thousands Monday

July 26, 2010 6:11:34 AM PDT
More than 8,000 people in Wendell, Rolesville and Knightdale went to bed without electricity Sunday, but Progress Energy crews spent the night restoring power following a fire at a substation.

The power went out just after 9 p.m. Sunday when severe thunderstorms moved through the Triangle. Witnesses in Wake County told ABC11 Eyewitness News that's when they heard a pop and saw lightning strike.

An electrical transformer in a substation in Wendell caught fire and it's believed the lightning is to blame, but officials have not confirmed that. An investigation is underway.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze by 11 p.m.

In Durham, storms downed trees and outages were reported in the Guess Road area.

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