Officials from Hopkinsville Electric System and Pennyrile Rural Electric agree the prolonged power outage last night and the one from January 20th were unrelated.
Power was out about 40 to 50 minutes each time and both happened in the evening hours, but H.E.S. General Manager Austin Carrol says lightning caused a major problem at the Kelly Substation on January 20th, while Monday night’s outage was a mechanical issue.
Carrol acknowledged the coincidence in the two outages originating from the same T.V.A. substation, but says it’s sometimes nearly impossible to predict when there will be a mechanical failure.
Mark Lindsey of Pennyrile Rural Electric says T.V.A. is replacing that breaker and he doesn’t know of any ongoing issues at the substation that should worry local residents about possible future outages.
Officials say the remaining work can be done without having to turn anyone’s power off.