Sunday morning thousands of Fulton County residents woke to find they were without electricity.
Jerry Estes with North Arkansas Electric Cooperative said that at 7:15 a.m. approximately 3,000 area residents unexpectedly lost electricity.
Estes said NAEC workers discovered that the problem was isolated to the Salem power station. Apparently an insulator on one of Salem's two transformers went bad and caused the mass power loss.
Estes said that as the NAEC began work to repair the transformer, they expected a 7- to 8-hour power loss. However, workers replaced the insulator, tested it and were able to bring the transformer back into use much quicker than expected.
"About 1,200 people were without power for 1.5 hours. By 11:30 everyone was back on," Estes said. "We just want to thank everybody for their patience and understanding in the matter."