Transformer failure temporarily knocks out power throughout Town of Dallas

Thousands left without air conditioning

DALLAS, N.C. (WBTV) - A blown transformer at an electrical substation off of S. Rhyne Street in Dallas took out power for around 3,600 residents of the community late Friday evening before it was eventually restored at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

“No power. No AC. No everything." Mohammed Alqwaidr, a convenience store owner in the area was left to wonder how many of his products would need to be replaced as a result of the conditions. “I have ice and candy. I think everything is damaged now.”

Meanwhile residents without power in their homes looked elsewhere for relief. Kenny Bradley focused on, "staying in the shade and drinking plenty of water and stuff.” Xavier McCoy made sure to get potentially vulnerable children to cooler conditions as well. “I had to get my grandbabies out of the house. That heated up real quick.”

The outage also knocked out power at all traffic lights at the intersections throughout the town, forcing motorists to treat each crossing as if it were a four-way stop while crews work on repairs.

The Town stated at around 12:45 p.m. on Saturday that they had replaced the transformer at 2:00 p.m. the power had officially be restored to all of the residences in the area.

The Red Cross had opened a cooling station located at the Fire Department off of W. Main Street for residents of Dallas to find relief from the heat during the day.

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