Friday, August 23, 2013

60 MPH Storm Wallops Boise, Some Neighborhoods Still Without Power

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A huge low pressure system, bringing in wind gusts of up to 60 miles-per-hour in the Treasure Valley, knocked out power to about 8,000 Idaho Power customers late Thursday. Huge trees were upended, limbs smashed into power lines, knocking out transformers, and local flooding was reported throughout the region.

The storm blanketed the Treasure Valley just before sunset, and ultimately created spectacular rainbows, but kept dumping destruction as it moved toward Eastern Idaho, hitting Pocatello in the late-night hours.

Power was also knocked out Thursday night in Kuna, Nampa, Ontario and Payette.

This morning, Idaho Power reported that approximately 600 homes in Boise were still in the dark, with problems reported in neighborhoods on both side of Interstate-84 near the Boise Airport. That includes some businesses near Gowen Field and residences near Hayden, Pasadena and Catalina streets.

Idaho Power crews worked through the night and are still on the scene of the outages.

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