Urbana power back after outages, possibility for more

A power outage affecting the eastern portion of central Urbana has been fixed.

There was a cable problem at an Ameren station in the area. The wind may have been the cause of the outage but that is not definite, said Leigh Morris, spokesman for the Ameren Illinois Utilities.

“It wasn’t a real big outage,” he said.

There have been outages throughout the territory today related to the high winds, Morris added. However, there have been no ice problems and snow does not create an issue. Ameren does not anticipate any icing problems, in which ice would cause power outages.

There have been a higher number of outages due to the high winds, however, Ameren does not consider there to be an emergency situation, Morris said. Statewide there have been 10,000 outages at any one time. As of 2 p.m. there were about 7,300 customers without power. The number changes constantly, Morris said. Ameren has 1.2 million customers statewide.

“Until the winds die down there is the possibility that there could be some more outages,” he added.