One-two lightning strikes knock out most of county's electricity
Severe weather and multiple lightning strikes scored a one-two punch Friday afternoon, leaving most of Carbon County without power from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to Rocky Mountain Power's Margaret Oler, the consecutive nature of the strikes caused problems for repair crews attempting to locate the outage.
"One substation took a direct hit," said Oler. "We managed to get some customers back on line and then a second strike caused even more outages."
Between the two strikes nearly all of Carbon County, with the exception of Helper, East Carbon and Sunnyside, was without power. Oler said the strikes that pounded the substation also damaged 33 insulators and seven structures on the Rocky Mountain Power system. The insulators all had to be located and replaced. The structures were still being repaired as of Monday.
Because Price City operates on its own system, RMP officials don't have an exact count as to the number of customers affected by the outage. However, 1,004 customers in addition to the entire city of Price were without power due to Friday's electric storm.
There was one silver lining in the thunder clouds. Helper restaurants, unaffected by the outage, were filled to capacity for lunch, as hungry out-of-towners surged into Main Street eateries.