Blackouts reported in Hancock

HANCOCK – Power was knocked out in central Hancock this morning after a substation failure.

The outage occurred about 5:30 a.m., affecting 1,300 people at its peak. Power was restored about 7:45 a.m.

About 800 people in the Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor areas lost power Saturday afternoon; that outage began at 3:45 p.m. and was resolved after two hours. A Saturday morning outage in Hancock also knocked out power to more than 600 people for about an hour.

UPPCO spokesperson Jodi Pineau said both Hancock outages were the result of pole fires. Often, she said, crews will create the outage in order to repair the damage.

“During times of extreme moisture, that can cause an arcing with a conductor that can cause a pole fire,” she said.