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Damaged switch causes power outage for nearly 2,000 customers in Lincoln, Copiah counties

Nearly 2,000 customers of Southwest Mississippi Electric can expect to be without electricity until about 8 p.m. today.

Deb McGee, human resources and public relations coordinator, said the the outage was reported at 1:51 p.m. today and affects 1,955 customers in Lincoln and Copiah counties. About 265 customers in Lincoln County are affected.

The outage was caused by a tree coming into contact with a transmission line, resulting in a damaged switch, she said.

Power should be restored around 8 p.m., McGee said.