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Power outage hits east Salt Lake City after rain, lightning storm
First Published Feb 13 2014 07:38 pm • Last Updated Feb 13 2014 10:28 pm

About 300 Salt Lake City homes were in the dark late into Thursday night after a lightning storm passed through the valley and knocked out the power.

The outage began at 3:26 p.m. and initially affected 3,100 homes between 200 South, 900 South, 300 East and 1100 East, according to Rocky Mountain Power spokesman David Eskelsen. By 7:24 p.m., all but 300 of the homes had power again. Crews continued patrolling lines trying to locate the cause of the remaining outage Thursday evening.

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Officials hoped to have electricity running to the remaining homes by midnight, according to Margaret Ohler, a RMP spokeswoman.

Eskelsen explained that the outage started after a circuit flipped at Salt Lake City substation. The circuit is similar in function to the ones in a home, but are the size of a truck, and are designed to prevent damage to the overall system.

Crews hoped to have all power restored by late Thursday night.

jdalrymple@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jimmycdii




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