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Strong winds cause scattered power outages

August 17, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

Strong winds blew into the Imperial Valley this morning, causing scattered power outages from Calexico to Brawley.

Wind-related outages occurred between 4:30 and 5:30 this morning, mostly because of blown fuses or debris on power lines, said Imperial Irrigation District spokeswoman Sue Giller.

By 9 a.m., most affected customers had their power service restored, Giller said.

About 100 customers in northern El Centro lost power service, as did about 40 customers in the vicinity of the city's Stark Field, Giller said.

About 50 customers in southern Holtville and 25 customers in eastern Brawley were affected by power outages as well, Giller said.


Additionally, there were several other outages across the Imperial Valley affecting smaller numbers of customers, including some in Calexico, Giller said, adding IID employees were "doing their utmost to get the power back on."

According to Imperial County Meteorologist Jim Christopherson's recorded message on his weather phone line, strong, gusty winds from the east swept over the Imperial Valley early today and would continue through the morning.

Thunderstorms hit Arizona and eastern Imperial County this morning, Christopherson said.

Friday's strong winds and cloud cover will give way to sunny skies and hotter than normal temperatures, Christopherson said.

Temperatures will be eight to 10 degrees above the seasonal norm today and Saturday, when the mercury is expected to rise to 109-113 degrees, Christopherson said.

This weekend will bring the Imperial Valley continued humidity and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms Sunday and Monday, Christopherson said.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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