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Winds Cause Power Outages in Western Nevada

Service restored within minutes in most instances 

 

PAHRUMP, Nev. -- High winds caused power outages in four different communities Thursday afternoon in Valley Electric Association territory.

Power outages were reported in Pahrump, Amargosa Valley, Beatty and Fish Lake Valley.

In Pahrump, more than 2,000 members experienced momentary power "blinks," brief power interruptions designed to prevent longer power outages. Approximately 120 members experienced outages lasting longer than a few minutes in Pahrump.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph were forecast for Nye County, and all the outages were wind related. High winds were forecast for the remainder of the day and into the day Friday, with gusts up to 50 mph forecast.

The only broadband outages reported were in Fish Lake Valley, but were not as extensive or prolonged as the power interruption.

A downed power line owned by Southern California Edison was the source of the power outage in Fish Lake Valley. The outage in Fish Lake Valley has affected 434 members for approximately three hours Thursday afternoon.

In an unrelated incident, VEA crews also were working to replace a snapped power pole in Esmeralda County though the broken VEA pole was not causing any outages.

More updates will be reported as information becomes available.

 

About Valley Electric Association, Inc.

Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is a member-owned nonprofit electric utility headquartered in Pahrump, Nev. While VEA started as a small rural electric utility in 1965, the company now provides electric service to more than 45,000 people within a vast 6,800-square-mile service area located primarily along the California-Nevada border, with the majority in Nevada. Valley Communications Association (VCA), a wholly owned subsidiary of VEA, began proving high-speed communications to our member-owners in the spring of 2016. VEA’s service area starts in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, and extends north for more than 250 miles to Fish Lake Valley. For more information about VEA, please visit www.vea.coop.



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