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Sam Penrod Reporting It was 108 degrees in St. George Monday, and the power was out for four hours.
Three 138,000-volt lines carrying power to all of Washington County were affected by a wildfire. One was damaged. The other two were not strong enough to carry the load until the damaged one was restored.
Power to St. George was restored around 8:30 p.m. The rest of the county was expected to have power by midnight.
Of course, traffic lights through St. George's intersections were not working during the outage. Residents wanting to stay cool tried going to stores to see if they had electricity. Others visited swimming pools to combat the heat.
Now that the power's back on, the emergency coordinator for Washington County says the biggest concern in the area is dry lightning. We observed probably hundreds of lightning strikes in a two-hour period Monday evening.
From our vantage point in St. George, we could see a fire burning in the distance. Officials are hoping for rain to help put out any fires.