A Monday morning power outage that also left multiple intersections in Salt Lake County in the dark affected over 22,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers. Mylar balloons striking a power line, according to RMP employees, was the source of at least one of the outages, they told KSL NewsRadio. Nearly 16,000 customers were impacted by the largest outage in the South Jordan region. In Salt Lake City, more than 6,000 people lost electricity.
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Schools to Remain Open
Despite losing electricity early on Monday, the Salt Lake City School District said that West High School, Mary W. Jackson Elementary School, and the Salt Lake Center for Science Education are open and ready for students. They will begin this morning at their regular schedules. Ben Horsley, a spokesman for Granite School District, said he was not aware of any effects on their campuses.
UPDATE: Over 22,000 are without power in Salt Lake County as Rocky Mountain Power crews investigate dozens of outages.
Details: https://t.co/jGOy6RLfqb pic.twitter.com/AOvGD2QrqM
— KSL 5 TV (@KSL5TV) November 7, 2022
Police in Salt Lake City urged motorists to approach dark junctions as a four-way stop. At a number of crossroads, officers have responded to help with traffic control. On 300 West between 300 South and 500 South, 500 South, 1300 East, and 2700 S. State Street, there were recorded outages.
Updated @ 10:56 am: Power has been restored in the Millcreek and Salt Lake City areas as of 9:24 am. The cause of the outage was the loss of a transmission line. We greatly appreciate your patience while crews worked to quickly and safely restore power. pic.twitter.com/ewDI7lQJlT
— Rocky Mountain Power UT (@RMP_Utah) November 7, 2022
According to the Utah Department of Transportation, there were also issues at Interstate 15 and the intersections of 11800 South State Street, 10610 South Redwood Road, and 9000 South. The FrontRunner service between Salt Lake Central and North Temple stations, as well as the TRAX lines in the city center, were both affected by outages, according to the Utah Transit Authority.
Winds are whipping in Tooele Valley and Salt Lake Valley. Some gusts registering to 60+ mph. Power outages throughout SL Valley, but not confirmed to be caused by wind. #utwx pic.twitter.com/UkoB31GOc6
— Matthew Johnson (@KSL_Matt) November 7, 2022
In advance of storms that will bring colder temperatures, mountain snow, and valley rain to the whole state, strong winds are heading into Utah.
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