Fallen wires cause outage along Riverside Drive in Asheville

Fallen wires caused an outage at Hillcrest Apartments and along Riverside Drive in Asheville on Tuesday. (Photo: WLOS staff)

Power is now back on after an outage left hundreds of customers along Riverside Drive in the dark for several hours Tuesday morning.

Power came back on around 11 a.m.

Duke Energy confirmed the cause of the outage. It impacted businesses along Riverside, as well as residents of Hillcrest Apartments nearby.

Some residents we spoke with say they noticed the outage as early as 5 a.m..

The Duke Energy outage map showed more than 300 customers were impacted. Being without power and heat meant the Hillcrest Head Start program had to close Tuesday, impacting care for about 50 kids.

Some businesses along Riverside Drive closed their doors and posted signs about the outage, saying they would open later in the day.

We saw crews working near Silver Line Plastics on Riverside Drive. We asked if the issue was weather-related and though it doesn't appear to be, Duke Energy representatives say longer periods of cold weather like we are experiencing can take a toll on equipment.

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