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Rocky Mountain Power says windstorm-related outages now under 700

By Graham Dudley, | Posted - Sep. 15, 2020 at 10:14 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Fewer than 700 customers who lost power in last week's major windstorm are still without it, the utility said Tuesday, as storm-related outages have now lingered in Utah for a full week.

Rocky Mountain spokesman Spencer Hall said on Twitter that of the 195,000 Utahns who lost power last week, 623 now remain.

The number of outages listed on the Rocky Mountain Power site was higher when Hall made the estimate, but he said that figure included customers who'd lost power since the storm. "We expect to be able to restore the remaining customers with wind damage on Wednesday," Hall wrote.

As of 10 p.m., that number had dipped further to 484 customers in Utah on the Rocky Mountain site.

"Nearly all of the remaining outages affect pockets of only a few homes," Hall wrote. "As we connect these homes, we will also continue to connect the customers who received damage to the meter base on the home."

Tuesday night's figure is down from nearly 1,700 customers on Monday night. Hall cautioned homeowners Monday that some electrical equipment, like the weatherhead, service mast and meter base, is the property of the homeowner and problems with them should be inspected by an electrician before RMP turns on electricity again.

Rocky Mountain Power crews, with assistance from other states, have been working nearly continuously for the past week after the unprecedented storm ripped up trees, caused damage and knocked out power across northern Utah with wind gusts that sometimes topped 100 mph.

Graham Dudley

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