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Power restored in Landis, Kannapolis after hourslong outage

LANDIS — Residents of Landis and parts of Kannapolis were without power for several hours Wednesday as temperatures climbed into the mid-90s.

Duke Energy’s power failure map showed more than 1,000 people in the Kannapolis area were without power Wednesday morning. Interim Landis Town Manager Kenny Isenhour said the total number of people affected, including those in Landis, was several thousand.

The power went out about 9:30 a.m., was partially restored at 11:45 a.m. and was fully restored at 2:15 p.m. 

Isenhour said the power failure in Landis, which has its own electricity system, affected municipal electric customers as well as Duke customers in the area.

Meghan Miles, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, said the blackout was caused by faulty equipment that affected power delivery to a substation. Miles said Duke Energy crews responded about 10 a.m.

Annette Privette Keller, communications director for Kannapolis, said the northern party of city was affected.

Isenhour said the blackout was an unusual situation because most of Landis did not have power.

Assistant Town Manager Brandon Linn said there were some concerns that restoring power in the hot afternoon while air conditioning units were likely in full use could cause another overload of the system.

Landis officials, along with Rowan County Red Cross and Rowan County Emergency Services, opened a cooling station at South Rowan High School and offered snacks and drinks. Emergency Services Chief Chris Soliz said no one took advantage of the cooling station but he commended town officials for being proactive in setting up some relief.

Public Works Director Ron Miller said anyone still without power should call Town Hall at 704-857-2411.

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