Storm, lightning cause power outage

Published by The Bee News

September 2, 2019

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BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – This summer’s previously quiet monsoon activity took an abrupt turn and ramped up with extreme intensity early Monday morning. The storm brought high winds, lightning and heavy rain, but it was lightning that caused the outage at 3:14 a.m. for approximately 6350 Mohave Electric Cooperative members in Mohave Valley and Golden Shores/Topock when a lightning strike caused MEC’s system protection equipment to operate and opened a breaker in a substation.

MEC crews responded and began the process of restoring power. Crews checked equipment at three substations and patrolled system power lines to eventually find the location of the damage caused by lightning.

Power was restored in Golden Shores/Topock at 5:11 a.m. and in portions of Mohave Valley at 5:22 a.m., with all power restored at 6:51 a.m.

As of 10:00 a.m. Monday morning, crews were working to restore power in other scattered areas.

“During and after these types of extreme weather events, we know there may be other isolated outages and it’s important that members call to report their outage,” said Rick Campos, chief operating officer at MEC.

“If you are still without power, or experience a new outage, call (844) 632-2667 to report your outage.”

MEC reminds members that outage update information is provided by logging into MEC’s SmartHub or by calling the outage number.

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