Lightning blamed for widespread power outage Saturday morning in Riverside

Riverside weather news headline from Riverside Public Utilities:

Power was interrupted for more than twenty-one thousand customers, including Kaiser Hospital early this morning due to lightning strikes from this weekend’s storm.

At around 2:30 a.m. Riverside Public Utilities experienced the sudden loss of three sub-transmission lines.

Concurrently the Riverside Fire Department was called to contain a fire at the Harvey-Lynn substation located in the La Sierra area of the city.

Initially RPU crews worked quickly to restore both the transmission lines and power to the hospital, which was completed by 4:25 a.m. By 6:30 a.m. service was restored for more than  17 thousand customers and power for all remaining customers was restored before 8 a.m.

“During major storms it is inevitable that we will lose some power to our customers,” said General Manager Girish Balachandran.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014


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