The Franklin County Communications Center at the sheriff’s office was down for about an hour Wednesday evening during the height of the severe thunderstorm that swept through the county.

Sheriff Gary Toelke said officials suspect that the outage possibly was due to a lightning strike and the law enforcement center on Highway V in Union.

Examination of the system Thursday morning indicated that outage was caused by a blown generator circuit feeding the command center, Toelke said. That resulted in a loss of power to the 911 system and radio equipment.

During the outage, 911 calls were routed through the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Toelke said.