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Power back on for thousands in Taylors area

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Deputies are assisting at Taylors Elementary after the power went out. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) Deputies are assisting at Taylors Elementary after the power went out. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Traffic lights out along Wade Hampton Blvd. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) Traffic lights out along Wade Hampton Blvd. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
One Taylors shop remained closed during the outage. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) One Taylors shop remained closed during the outage. (Dec. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The power is back on for thousands in the Taylors area after an outage at a Duke Energy substation left them in the dark for several hours Friday morning, prompting an evacuation at Taylors Elementary.

A spokesperson for the utility company said about 9,000 customers were initially affected by the outage, but that number fluctuated as crews work to get power restored through other lines.

As of about 11:15 a.m., the Duke Energy outage website reported more than 6,400 customers still without power. And by noon, the website showed power was restored to almost everyone.

Spokesperson Ryan Mosier said a faulty switch at the Taylors-area substation caused the outage. He said the repairs are standard and everyone should have their power restored no later than 1 p.m.

The Taylors fire chief said the outage had affected Taylors Elementary School. Greenville County Schools spokesperson Susan Clarke said after the power was restored to the school, a smoke smell came from the electrical panel in the office.

As a precaution, the school was evacuated while the fire department assessed the building, Clarke said.

She said students were let back inside about 10:30 a.m. and would be kept in the lunchroom and media center until the building is fully cleared. Pizza was brought in by the food service department for the students, but parents who wanted to pick up their child through the regular early dismissal process are permitted.

By 12:10 p.m., power was fully restored at the school and students returned to class. Clarke said the smoke smell was caused by an exhaust fan that overheated.

Some local businesses remained closed during the outage.

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