DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Power has been restored to customers in Decatur following the loss of a TVA transmission feed to the Decatur Primary Substation.
The outage affected 11,475 customers across the eastern half of the service area. Several schools were without power but power has been restored and classes are on their regular schedule.
Crews are investigating the outage, but it is expected to be a switching issue with the TVA transmission system and not thought to be weather-related.
Crews restored service by 1:15 p.m. Thursday for a total outage duration of 75 minutes.
Decatur Utilities officials said many traffic signals defaulted to "flash" settings when power was restored. Each signal must be reset manually, and officials ask motorists to continue treating flashing signals as a four-way stop.
Early Thursday morning, Huntsville experienced several power outages that effected about a dozen customers, according to their outage map. The cause of the outage is unknown.
Another utility service, Tennessee Valley Authority, encouraged its customers to conserve energy during this cold snap.
Huntsville Utilities encouraged its customers to do the same in order to conserve energy by reducing usage of certain appliances and turning off non-essential lighting and other equipment.