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Thursday wind-related outages restored; we're watching forecast

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
4:45 a.m.
OPPD crews braved treacherous wind conditions Thursday night as they restored widespread power outages in the metro area.

The outages started to come in as many people headed home from work last night, and by 6 p.m., nearly 2,000 customers had lost power. The strong wind gusts, which made driving on the interstate and elsewhere unnerving, swept up debris and impacted some OPPD equipment. As crews made progress on restoration, other outages popped up elsewhere, affecting hundreds of others. Shortly before midnight, just10 customers remained without power.

According to the National Weather Service, wind chills will dip as low as 25 below today, but wind speeds won't reach yesterday's levels of 50 mph. The service forecasts wind speeds through Saturday to reach up to 13 mph.

Nonetheless, OPPD will be watching weather conditions. If customers lose power, they should notify OPPD via one of the reporting options below and monitor outages on our outage map. And most importantly, customers should stay away from any downed power lines and treat them as live and high voltage. Any downed lines should be reported to OPPD at 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).


Winds cause outages, downed power lines

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

11:50 p.m.
At this time, 10 OPPD customers remain without power. That number could still fluctuate overnight, as periodic wind gusts continue.

Please check our outage map for the latest information.

10:13 p.m. **updated at 10:20 p.m.
Our crews were able to restore a big circuit which put a major dent in outage restoration. A tree limb on a circuit re-closer was to blame for this particular trouble. It impacted 700 customers south of I-80 to P Street, between 56th Street and 76th Circle.

At this time, the number of customers without power is down to 53. We thank our customers for their patience during repair efforts.

Please check the outage map for the latest number and location of outages which may fluctuate if winds pick back up again. Please stay away from ALL downed power lines, and treat them as live and high voltage. 

If you should lose power, report the outage using one of the below options.

9:35 p.m.
OPPD crews continue to work to restore outages caused by strong winds. At this time, 1,050 customers remain without power. Part of the trouble has been that as repairs are made on existing outages, continuing winds are still causing new outages to pop up.

We will continue to work to restore power to those impacted as quickly as safely possible. Please check the outage map for the latest number and location of outages.

7 p.m.
Power has been restored to the 756 customers in the area bound by Jones to William, 33rd to 46th, noted below. The cause: aluminum siding blew into a three-phase line to disrupt the electric service.

Crews are working to restore the 700 customers in an area roughly bound by I-80 to north, P Street to south, 76 Circle to west, 56th Street to the east, as well as other scattered outages.

6 p.m.
OPPD crews are responding to the outage calls, which are widespread, and extra personnel have been called in to help. Currently, there are about 1,950 customers out. Please check the outage map for specific locations, but here are the largest areas currently impacted:
  • 756 are in rough boundaries - Jones to William, 33rd to 46th. 
  • 700 within rough boundaries of I-80 to north, P Street to south, 76 Circle to west, 56th Street to the east. 
Tonight's high winds are causing scattered power outages, but more importantly, the winds are bringing down power lines. Please stay away from ALL downed power lines, and treat them as live and high voltage.

Contact OPPD via one of the reporting options at left if you lose power.

To Report Downed Lines or Outages

Please call  1-800-554-OPPD (6773) or report online.

For convenience, OPPD provides customers many ways to track and report outages.

Report an outage:
• Report outages online at
• Call 1-800-554-OPPD (6773) from anywhere in the service area.
• Use the OPPDconnect app, for users of Apple’s iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad®. Download OPPDconnect free from the App Store. Android users may download the App through Google Play.

Regardless of how you report the outage, your information is processed electronically and forwarded so that corrective action can be taken as quickly as possible.

Track Outages:
• For timely updates on weather-related outages, follow OPPD at
• To visit OPPD's outage maps, click here.
• View outage maps and get Twitter updates by downloading the OPPDconnect app.

Following are some other related resources that may be helpful in the event of  major storm-related outages:

For severe storm information and tips, click here.

For more information on this and other topics, please go to the OPPD homepage