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).