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Shelby Justice Center. (Richland Source file photo)

SHELBY -- Power was restored across Shelby late Friday morning after a city-wide outage that lasted nearly 11 hours.

The lights went out Friday at 12:37 a.m. due to an electrical malfunction at the American Electric Power Howard substation that feeds the City of Shelby's own two substations, according to John Ensman, the city's director of utilities.

"AEP restored its transformer Friday at 11:20 a.m.," Ensman said. "Over the next 20 minutes, City of Shelby workers were then able to restore power throughout the community."

Shelby City Schools, Shelby St. Mary's School and the Pioneer Career & Technology Center all cancelled classes for Friday due to the power loss, according to the districts.

The outage affected about 5,100 customers and nearly 9,039 residents.

Ensman said it's the first city-wide power outage since 2013 when powerful straight-line winds knocked down both the AEP transmission lines that feed into the city.

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