Two local power outages caused by gusty winds

February 07, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

Valley residents can expect a windy day as the National Weather Service has forecast 25-35 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph.

Imperial Irrigation District spokeswoman Sue Giller reported two power outages caused this morning by the gusty winds. One outage was east of Imperial and the other was near Seeley.

The power outage east of Imperial was about 4 a.m. and affected about 50 people in the area of McConnell Road and Highway 111 after power lines were blown down, Giller said. Power was restored about 7:30 a.m. About 15 Seeley residents lost power about 4:30 after gusty winds blew a line fuse.

County meteorologist Jim Christopherson said there is a wind advisory in effect today for the San Diego area mountains and the Imperial and Coachella valleys. A cold front moving through the Imperial Valley today was bringing gusty west winds and will bring cooler temperatures through tonight and tomorrow, Christopherson said. He predicted winds of 10-20 mph tonight with low temperatures of 37 to 42 degrees.


An El Centro woman's car windshield was broken when gusty winds caused a sign advertising this weekend's downtown El Centro farmers' market to fall, El Centro police reported.

The California Highway Patrol closed a portion of Interstate 8 this morning and was escorting motorists up the mountain grade in response to the high winds.

Officers began escorting motorists at 6 a.m. west of Dunaway Road, according to Highway Patrol Officer Roland Pritchard.

Neither the county Sheriff's Office nor the county Fire Department had received reports of wind damage this morning.

In another incident, a tractor-trailer rig veered off Forrester Road south of Carter Road just after 5 this morning and struck a power pole, breaking it, according to a press release from the Highway Patrol.

While officers didn't say whether the collision was wind-related, Forrester Road was closed from Keystone to Carter roads for several hours to allow Imperial Irrigation District employees to repair the broken pole, which was held up by a 12,000-volt electrical line, according to Highway Patrol Officer Bobby Gonzales.

The rig driver, Felipe Villavicencio, 54, of El Centro, suffered a laceration to his left ear and declined medical attention at the scene.

Staff Writer Marcy Misner can be reached at 337-3441.

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