Power outages affect customers across the state

- SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- People across the state were without power Sunday afternoon as wind and snow moved in and temperatures dropped.

Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Paul Murphy said high winds in southeast Utah damaged nine transmission structures in the area around Blanding. The outages affected as many as 4,000 customers in San Juan County, but by 9:30 p.m. Sunday that number had been lowered to 1,000.

San Juan County Emergency Services said the outages also affected the communities of Bluff, Montezuma Creek and Mexican Hat. Those towns were without power Sunday night. Wind gusts were between 45 and 60 mph in the area Sunday.

A shelter for those in need of heat or electricity was set up at the Bluff Community Center at 190 N. 200 East.

Just before 10 p.m. on Sunday, San Juan County Emergency Services announced that power had been restored to those communities.

At one point on Sunday, approximately 6,500 customers were without power in Scofield, Moab, Bluff, Stansbury Park, Lake Point and Erda, according to Rocky Mountain Power. 

The outage in Scofield also was caused by a transmission interruption, according to Rocky Mountain Power. The company says power may be restored by 11 p.m. Power also was restored in Stansbury Park, Erda and Lake Point at 7 p.m., according to Rocky Mountain Power.

One outage in Moab was caused by high winds knocking over a power line. Power was restored just after 6:30 p.m. In other parts of Moab and in Bluff, a transmission interruption was the cause of the outage. The power company did not know Sunday evening when power would be restored in those areas.

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