GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Duke Energy is trying to restore power to a substation that was vandalized and has resulted in outages at two polling places.

Power crews said vandals stole copper and also damaged some equipment from the Liberty Hill substation in east Greensboro. The damaged equipment also resulted in a fire at the substation.

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The power outage is impacting 1,325 customers and also two polling sites including locations at Genesis Baptist Church and Peeler Recreation Center. Duke Energy is working with the county’s emergency management to get generators to the polling sites impacted.

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Charlie Collicutt, Guilford County Board of Elections Director, said the machine can run on battery for a few hours until the generators arrive. Collicutt also said both of the precincts are still fully operational for voters.

Duke Energy expects power to be restored by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

Collicutt released the following statement:

“Genesis Baptist Church and Peeler Recreation Center lost power at approximately 1pm. I have received word that power will not be restored until sometime tonight. The voting machines can run on battery for a few hours, however, we have deployed generators to provide power and light to the precincts.

Both precincts are fully operational, though the surrounding area may be dark. We urge voters to please vote, as both locations are open until 7:30 tonight.”

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