Power restored in Syracuse after storm

Tuesday , July 15, 2014 - 6:37 PM

SYRACUSE — Hundreds of homeowners along 700 South in Syracuse were without power after a microburst of wind caused a major power outage that lasted for some until Tuesday afternoon.

At 8:26 p.m. Monday a gust blew the tin roof off a barn near 2000 W. 700 South, damaging six utility poles and affecting 1,543 customers.

“The power went out after the wind blew really hard and took out a transformer,” said witness Chris Dallin, a Syracuse resident.

At 11:46 p.m., however, the wind continued to do damage. Another 264 customers were affected after a burst of wind caused a loss of an electrical connection to a power line. “Basically, one line is connected to another by a short connection and with the wind it often causes it to come loose,” said Rocky Mountain Power spokesman David Eskelsen. 

According to police, Rocky Mountain Power stayed through the night to help restore electricity.

We isolated and restored almost all those customers late last night and early this morning, but 74 of the initial 1,543 customers remain without power. It’s a complicated repair because of the two different problems,” Eskelsen said.

A total of 338 homeowners along the street of 700 South were without power until Tuesday afternoon.

Several vehicles traveling along the street Monday night were hit by debris. One driver’s car was hit by a falling power pole.

Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Syracuse Police, Syrcause and North Davis fire departments, Antelope State Park officials, as well as Utah Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

“We had one vehicle trapped,” said Syracuse Deputy Fire Chief Joe Hamblin. “The patient wasn't harmed at all. She just stayed in her vehicle -- did the right thing -- until (the power company) was able to make sure the lines were de-energized and grounded out and they were able to remove the vehicle from the powerline.”

Nearly 10 vehicles were damaged. It is unknown to what extent. No other injuries were sustained.

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