Weather causes power outages across area

Ashley McCarty - [email protected]
Police block entrance to Walmart parking lot. - Ashley McCarty, The Ledger Independent
- Ashley McCarty, The Ledger Independent

The unpleasant weather and high winds caused some power outages and downed trees for parts of Mason County over the weekend.

Mason County Emergency Management Director Clay Buser said power lines were knocked down and subsequently caused a loss of electricity in the Jersey Ridge area as well as the northeastern part of the county on Saturday.

Power to Jersey Ridge was out for most of the afternoon and evening, said Buser. It was restored some time last night by Kentucky Utilities.

The loss of power in the northeastern part of the county occurred some time Saturday night, around 9 to 10 p.m, and was caused by the second round of high winds, he said. It was also restored some time Saturday night by Fleming Mason Energy.

In one of the more unusual events, a full sized trampoline from someone’s yard took flight in the high winds Saturday and finally came to rest on top of a utility pole in the Orangeburg area, according to a social media post from the Orangeburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Buser also reported that trees had been uprooted within the city limits of Jersey Ridge as well, Kentucky 8 and the Rectorville-Plumville area.

Buser said that despite the downed trees and fallen lines, he had received no property damage reports.

In West Union, Ohio, Saturday afternoon, a blown and malfunctioning transformer also caused a loss of power to Walmart. The transformer was located in the Walmart parking lot. Police said that the main high voltage wire to the transformer was arcing and catching flame.

The parking lot was taped off by police and the West Union Police Department guarded the entrance to prevent the community from entering.

According to Lt. Ryan Myers of the West Union Police Department, this occurrence has happened to the transformer before.

Power was restored some time after 4 p.m.

Police block entrance to Walmart parking lot.
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Ashley McCarty

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