Franklin — The first snowfall of the season left approximately 1,800 Franklin residents without power from approximately 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.
According to We Energies, residents in the southwest portion of the city lost power because some tree limbs, weighed down by the wet, heavy snow, had fallen onto power lines and caused the fuses to blow.
The Franklin Fire Department responded to a call around 7 p.m. Sunday to deal with the fire hazard caused by the weighed-down power lines.
"The branches were forced down on the wires, and the wires started arching. In some cases, the trees started on fire," FFD Assistant Chief Ron Mayer said.
Within about an hour, the wires stopped arching and the threat of fire was removed. We Energies workers were able to restore power shortly afterwards.
In total, Mayer estimated that the department received around 10 calls that evening regarding problems caused by the snow affecting power lines.
Power outages caused by the season's first snow were not uncommon in the area. We Energies reported that they did see "quite a few" outages caused by snow weighing down tree limbs. In total, the company had to restore power to around 6,500 customers Sunday because of issues related to the snow.