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Power Restored to Southern Utah Homes

Power Restored to Southern Utah Homes



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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Utah Power has restored electricity to nearly all of the 7,000 customers who spent several hours without power after a strong storm came through the area.

A storm Monday produced winds up to 40 mph with heavy rain, small hail and some dangerous lightning, according to the National Weather Service.

Jeff Hymas, spokesman for Utah Power, said electrical lines went down across Southern Utah leaving 7,000 people without power Monday afternoon.

"There's a small handful of customers in outlying areas without power," Hymas said Tuesday morning. "Many customers' power was restored before last night. Crews worked throughout the night and into the morning."

The storm caused several roads in the area to be temporarily closed.

"All of the officers have been extremely busy responding to alarms being set off with the high winds and power lines down," Lt. Jake Adams of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Marc Mortenson, assistant to the St. George city manager, said repair crews were dispatched throughout St. George during the brief storm.

Mortenson said fuses were shorted out in a major capacity bank, which left east St. George without power for two hours.

The St. George Fire Department responded to one leaning power line at Fiesta Fun, a business with miniature golf, go carts and other games, which resulted in an evacuation of the center. There were no injuries reported.

"It's been awfully busy, but nothing major," Mortenson said. "There may be individual homes still without power due to trees knocked down and wind damage, but the linemen are working to clear those outages up.

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Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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