A blown transformer is the cause of power outages Saturday near Hallsville, according to Boone Energy Cooperative staff.
Workers there say a substation went down shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday. However, the power outage was not caused by weather, but by a rare mechanical failure of the electrical hardware.
Boone Energy Cooperative estimates about 1500 homes will remain without power throughout most of Saturday afternoon, until a temporary transformer can be trucked in from Jefferson City.
A number of homes and businesses affected may already have had power restored through backfeeds done by the utility company.
A backfeed is when power is brought in from another substation until the equipment can be repaired.
You can stay updated on the status of repairs by visiting Boone Energy's power outage map.