Fronts blow in cold weather, blow out lights
Three days of weather the snowbirds didn't show up here for is supposed to hang around a few more days.
The light but consistent rain that arrived with the first cold front Thursday afternoon and continued through Saturday with the second came with some moderately strong winds, much colder temperatures and, at 4:41 a.m. Friday, probably caused an outage that impacted approximately 10,000 people who lost power for nearly an hour.
"It was a transmission outage that affected two of our major substations in town," said Bill DeJulio, the local manager for UniSource Energy Services.
People between Gordon Avenue and Airway Avenue from Stockton Hill Road to Andy Devine Avenue all went with out electricity in the wee hours of Friday morning. A swath of people along Stockton Hill Road up to Hualapai Mountain Road lost power as well, DeJulio said.
As of Friday afternoon, UES employees were still investigating the cause of the outage. DeJulio said he didn't expect to have a definitive answer until Monday.
"We've been patrolling the transmission lines to see if something blew through them and caused the outage," he said.
The Hilltop Substation feeds the two substations, Casson and North Kingman, affected by the outage, DeJulio said. When something blows through the lines, a transmission breaker at Hilltop is supposed to close and then open after it's past, he said. This did not happen, which prolonged the outage.
"It's unusual for the device at Hilltop to act like that," he said.
UES needed to switch where the electricity feeds from in order to restore power to the community in a timely manner.
Rain levels in the area include Saturday morning measurements of .59 inches at Coyote Pass and .55 inches at the Mohave Wash and Airway Avenue.