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Sunday storm knocked out service to 33,000 power customers throughout southern Idaho

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 18:03:10-04

A significant storm with high winds, hail and lightning blew through southwestern Idaho Sunday afternoon, causing widespread outages for more than 33,000 Idaho Power customers. 

The storm cut a broad swath across the service area, impacting customers from Ontario, Oregon, through the Treasure Valley, McCall and central Idaho, and all the way to Bruneau and Twin Falls, according to an Idaho Power news release.

“The storm caused more than 280 separate outages,” said Idaho Power Regional Manager Brent Lulloff. “High winds caused tree limbs to fall onto power lines and, in some areas, whole trees were uprooted and fell onto power lines -- which pulled down power poles.”

Crews replaced three storm-damaged poles in the Bruneau Bridge area and four near Placerville. Three more were replaced after a range fire near Glenns Ferry.

Idaho Power crews from Boise, Mountain Home, Gooding, Twin Falls, Payette, Nampa, Emmett and Long Valley (near McCall) were called in to repair and replace lines and power poles to restore power.

Power to all customers affected was restored by midnight Tuesday, June 6th, the release stated.