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Power outages close two Sullivan County schools

Staff report • Aug 22, 2018 at 9:38 AM

Updated posting:

KINGSPORT — Rock Springs Elementary and Sullivan South High School closed at 9 a.m. Wednesday because of an electrical power outage, the second outage to affect those schools since the school year began Aug. 6.

Sullivan County Schools announced the closures on Twitter. Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski Wednesday said the power outage was caused by a tree falling on a power line. The schools are served by AEP-American Electric Power.

Appalachian Power spokesman John Shepelwich said the power went out when a tree outside of the right of way, on school system property, onto a line at 6:46 a.m. but was restored at 9:24 a.m. Of seven customers, he said all appeared to be school system buildings associated with the two schools.

“I would assume a lot of it is from wet ground and wet leaves, (making the tree) top heavy,” Shepelwich said. “It fell into the line (from) outside of the right of way.”

In an Aug. 6 power outage that affected South, Rock Springs and Sullivan Gardens K-8, school officials said the afternoon power outage was caused by a transformer issue. On that day, the first day of school, students went home on a regular schedule because the outage was close to regular dismissal time.

Original posting:

Rock Springs Elementary and Sullivan South High School closed at 9 a.m. today due to a power outage.

Sullivan County Schools announced the closures on Twitter. No additional information was provided.

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