Severe winds and snow cause major power outages in Idaho

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SHELLEY, Idaho (ABC4 News) – Severe weather over the weekend resulted in widespread power outages in Shelley, Idaho.

Snow and ice accumulating on power lines, together with strong wind gusts, is complicating the restoration of electric service to Rocky Mountain Power customers from the Shelley area north to St. Anthony.

Snow and ice accumulation on the lines causes them to swing and slap together, which causes an electrical fault that is detected by protective circuit breakers,

The outages are made worse by wind, strong winds are enough to create safety hazards for line crews working in bucket trucks.

RMP says the final restoration time for all customers is uncertain, but relief crews from other Idaho and northern Utah service centers are being sent to assist crews in the company’s service area between Idaho Falls and Rexburg. It says “repairs will continue around the clock until all customers are restored.”

At its height, the storm caused 12,000 RMP customers in southeastern Idaho to lose power. By 3:30 p.m. Monday, the number of customers out of service was about 1,500.

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