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“Electrical disturbance” at substation caused Manitowoc outage

(Source: Gray News)
(Source: Gray News)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 3:43 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 6:34 PM CDT
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MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 7/20:

Manitowoc Public Utilities say an “electrical disturbance” at a substation caused a power outage in the city Monday.

At about 3 p.m., the the disturbance caused boilers and turbines to “be removed from service.”

About 4,400 customers lost power.

“Customers in the vicinity of the power plant likely heard a ‘steam blow’ sound coming from the plant which was that of steam being safely vented from the boilers, as designed, while the turbines were not operating,” reads a statement from MPU.

Crews rerouted power from substations. Power was restored to all customers by 6 p.m.

About an hour later, electric generation was back in service.

INITIAL REPORTS

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. - All power has been restored to affected circuits following an outage in Manitowoc Monday afternoon.

According to Manitowoc Public Utilities, power was restored shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.

The company announced outages on the south and east side of the city around 3:30 p.m.

Company officials say if you’re still without power, you should check your breaker box for tripped breakers and reset them.

If that does not help, you should then call Manitowoc Public Utilities at 920-683-4622.

According to MPU, those near the facility may have heard the power plant letting off steam.

INITIAL REPORT 3:43 p.m.: Officials with Manitowoc Public Utilities say they are currently experiencing a large power outage, and it is affecting the south and east side of the City of Manitowoc.

According to a company Facebook post, anyone near their facilities may hear the power plant letting off steam.

An Action 2 News viewer says a weird sound has been coming from the direction of the power plant.

The company says they have crews on site, and they are working to restore service.

A timeline for restoration has not been provided at this time.

If you call the utility company, officials say you may get a busy signal due to the large amount of calls coming in.

CLICK HERE to learn how to report an outage to Manitowoc Public Utilities.

The number of customers without power has not been provided at this time.

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