FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fayetteville police said traffic lights at several intersections were not operating Saturday afternoon — and they now know why.

At about 11:49 a.m., officers said they received reports of traffic lights not working in the area of Skibo and Morganton roads. Around 5:50 p.m., power was restored to the traffic lights, according to Fayetteville police.

During the outages, officers responded to the area to conduct traffic control, according to the police department.

Police said traffic lights were not working in the areas of:

  • Skibo Road from Raeford Road to Morganton Road
  • Morganton Road to Glensford Drive
  • Glensford Drive to Cliffdale Road

The area included several shopping centers and Anne Chestnutt Middle School.

Later, police said the outages were caused by a PWC power station being struck by lightning. 

As of 1:26 p.m., Fayetteville’s Public Works Commission reported that more than 500 customers in the same area did not have power.

Their outage map listed the cause as ‘environmental factor.’ By 5:50 p.m., those customers also had their power restored.

Outage map of the area (Fayetteville PWC)