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Rocky Mountain Power crews work through night to restore wind-caused outages

Published October 29, 2013 8:26 am

Thousands in dark • Hurricane-force winds toppled trees, shorted out power lines.
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The last of thousands of Utahns hit by power outages that came in the wake of tree-toppling winds were restored to the electrical grid early Tuesday morning.

Rocky Mountain Power spokeswoman Maria O'Mara said 2,725 residences and businesses had been without electricity at 8 p.m. Monday in the greater Logan area after a pole fire, possibly caused by a lightning strike, took out transmission lines. By 4 a.m. Tuesday, the last 470 customers were finally returned to the grid.

Like an enraged atmospheric locomotive, Monday's storm system, propelled by winds topping 70 mph, pummeled the entire state. However, the hardest hit was southcentral Utah's Iron County.

About 1,000 customers were affected by several wind-related outages in Cedar City and environs, with services restored by late Monday morning. That storm triggered line arcing that tripped circuit breakers and blew fuses while toppling 10 trees on the campus of Southern Utah University. No injuries were reported.

Wind-lashed waves rose to 2 feet on the Rockport Reservoir in Summit County Monday morning, capsizing a canoe and tossing a father and his teenage son into the water. Both wore life vests and were able to get to safety, however.

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