Windstorm causes thousands of power outages

Due to extreme risk, customers without electric service may be without power for a few days.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 12:08 AM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 11:38 AM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The windstorm on Monday night left 3,000 to 4,000 Eugene Water and Electric Board customers without power.

According to EWEB, the fire danger coupled with the high winds through Tuesday evening means many customers that have lost their power are not likely to have them restored until the wind speed decreases and repairs are made.

EWEB Electric Operations will start patrolling powerlines on Tuesday in the daylight. They have shut down the Thurston, Walterville, Holden Creek, Blue River, and Hayden Bridge substations to reduce the risk of sparking a fire. Crews are currently evaluating damages and making power lines safe.

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