Update: two NEMO outages leave 3,000 in the dark

(MGN Online)

A couple of separate outages left about 3,000 Ameren Missouri customers in northeast Missouri without power late Monday afternoon into the evening hours.

The lights in much of Kirksville and surrounding communities went out around 5:15 p.m.

The first outage lasted only about four minutes.

An Ameren spokeswoman told KTVO the Harrison Street Substation sensed a change in voltage, which automatically shut down the system.

Officials say a change in voltage could be caused by an animal on the lines. It is not known what caused Monday’s first outage.

The Ameren spokeswoman a second power outage happened a short time later.

She said an equipment malfunction at the Harrison Street Substation was to blame for that.

Crews got that problem fixed and power restored about an hour later.

Reports of power outages have come in across northeast Missouri, especially northern parts.

Ameren Missouri reports that 97 percent of customers in Schuyler County are without power as of 5:30 p.m., and nearly 15 percent in Adair County. Much of north Kirksville is without power.

You can check Ameren's outage map here.

The cause of the outage is yet to be determined, but outages were reported beginning a little after 5:15 p.m. More than 1,200 customers in total lost power.

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