Lightning strikes cause hour-long power outage


Several lightning strikes caused a power outage for more than 120 homes and businesses Thursday.

At about 2:30 p.m., lightning struck and caused outages from Yampa Avenue east to Washington Street and from Third Street north to Eighth Street.

"We took a couple hits of lightning and lost a few fuses," said Vic Rose, line superintendent for Yampa Valley Electric Association. "It wasn't everybody, but it was certainly a portion."

Many businesses on the east side of Yampa Avenue were faced without power for a little less than an hour.

Teri Griffith, owner of Teri Lynn's Family Hair Studio on the east side of Yampa Avenue, said she saw a flash of lightning and heard a loud boom.

"I saw a crack of lightning and it (the power) was done," she said.

Most of the businesses on the east side of Yampa Avenue experienced a full loss of power while the west side of Yampa Avenue still had power.

Rose said only some parts of town experienced a power outage because of where the lightning struck.

Power resumed at about 3:20 p.m. Rose said a line foreman had to drive in from Elkhead to fix the problem.

Rose said YVEA received numerous calls from residents and businesses. He credited the line attendants with helping out and answering questions.

"They did a fantastic job," he said.

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