Wed, Oct. 16

Wind, rain and lightning causes power outages, strikes

VERDE VILLAGE -- Rain and powerful winds doused power overnight Wednesday in Verde Village.

Mike Johnsen, Community Development Director for APS, says problems began about 7 p.m. Wednesday during a storm with strong winds that seemed to focus on the south end of the Village area.

Johnson says six power poles along SR 260 were damaged by the storm and required replacement, after something of a "microburst" struck between Western Drive and Prarie Lane and affected the feeder line from the Quail Springs Substation.

Some 2700 customers were estimated to be without power.

He says about a third of the customers' power was restored by about 10:30 p.m. A second third of the outages returned to service by 1 a.m. and the remaining customers regained service by 4 a.m. Thursday morning.

A second crew was brought in from Prescott to assist with the widespread outage.

The storm brought plenty of lightning too. Verde Valley Fire Dept. reports three lightning strikes after 7 o'clock.

The first was reported at Butterfly Lane in Bridgeport, but crews could not find any damage or fires.

A second strike within minutes struck a tree on North Aspaas Road.

A third reported strike caused minor damage to a motor home on Lee Pasture in Cornville and ignited a small brush fire about 10-inches in diameter.

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