Storm snaps 9 power poles; residents 8 hours without power

APPLE VALLEY — Residents in Apple Valley were left without power Friday evening after storms and high gusts of wind blasted through the rural community, knocking down nine power poles.

Nine power poles are knocked down during a storm in Apple Valley, Utah, July 3, 2015 | Photo Courtesy of Joan Dinneen, St. George News
Nine power poles are knocked down during a storm in Apple Valley, Utah, July 3, 2015 | Photo Courtesy of Joan Dinneen, St. George News

“The sky turned black and our ranch was pummeled by heavy rain and extremely strong winds,” Joan Dinneen, a resident of Apple Valley, said. “We heard a loud boom and thought a large tree had been hit by lightning,”

A resulting power outage from the downed poles affected 77 customers in the area, Dave Eskelsen, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power, said. The residences were left without power for almost eight hours.

The poles were knocked down at about 5:19 p.m. Friday. Rocky Mountain Power was able to restore electricity from another direction, getting power back to the residents by 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

Rocky Mountain Power is still working to fix the power poles, Eskelsen said, and anticipated the poles would be fixed sometime Saturday.

“With all of the damage, Rocky Mountain did a great job restoring the power in a short amount of time,” Dinneen said.

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