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Cause of outage unknown
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After a Georgia Power transformer failed on Thursday morning, 14,852 Liberty County residents and businesses (including Fort Stewart) were without power for the majority of the morning.
“We don’t know what the cause is yet,” Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said.
The failed transformer was in a substation between the residential streets of Pineview Court and Saunders.
Because of the outage, today’s Courier is smaller than originally planned, according to editor Pat Watkins. The opinion and education pages that are normally printed on Fridays were cut to save time assembling the paper. The outage also affected the Courier’s phone systems, preventing any incoming or outgoing calls.
“We lost three hours of computer time when we are normally putting the paper together and had to decide between delivering the paper late and including all features,” he said.
The missed items will be printed later.
Georgia Power crews worked throughout the morning to restore power to the city and were able
to do so in waves; according to Wilson, the number of people without power decreased to 4,000 by 12:30 p.m. Full power was restored to Fort Stewart a little after noon.
Around lunchtime, Wilson predicted that full power would be restored by 1:30 p.m., how-ever many residents reported they did not have power until 3:40 p.m.
Wilson said it will take a few days to figure out the exact cause of the outage as Georgia Power will conduct an investigation on the transformer that failed.

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