Power restored to thousands on Eastern Shore after issue with transmission lines

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MELFA, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of people on the Eastern Shore lost power Wednesday morning due to an issue with transmission lines, A&N Electric says.

The issue was mostly resolved as of 10:30 a.m., with just six customers still without power.

The outages started before 8 a.m. and continued to rise after. As of 8 a.m., A&N’s website showed more than 10,300 customers out of 36,218 were without power, about 28%, and that went up to about 20,000 around 9:15 a.m..

The issue extended the full length of the Shore, but only a few were without of power around the Maryland line/Chincoteague area. There were also some outages reported on Tangier Island.

It’s unclear what exactly the issue is with the transmission lines, but A&N said it was working with the transmission company to help restore power as quickly as possible. At 8:52 a.m., A&N said the outage could last 3-4 hours in some cases, with longer outages for those closer to the transmission issue.

Temperatures were in 30s when the outage started and Accomack County Public Schools, which were already set to release two hours early, closed Wednesday due to the issue.

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