Weather causes scattered loss of power

A storm that brought heavy rain and gusty winds to Mesa County on Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to several thousand Xcel Energy customers.

Xcel spokesman Fred Eggleston said nearly 2,400 customers lost power in the area between Grand Junction Regional Airport to Mesa Mall.

Power was restored nearly one hour later. It was knocked out when a tree branch fell on a power line.

Mesa Mall spokeswoman Jammie McCloud said the power went out just as she left work but it affected only the northern side of the mall, including the Food Court and stoplights outside.

Jim Pringle, a National Weather Service meteorologist, also was part of the same power outage. The Weather Service office at Grand Junction Regional Airport has a generator, so its services were unaffected.

Pringle said it was a busy Wednesday for meteorologists. Although severe weather is atypical for Mesa County this time of year, thunderstorms are not abnormal in early fall.

“It’s not all that unusual to get this late summer-type weather lingering into October,” Pringle noted.

Power also was knocked out for at least 2,200 people from Fruita south to Glade Park. It was restored at 6:48 p.m.

A minor rockslide was reported in the De Beque Canyon area around 6:15 p.m., but Interstate 70 was not closed.

Several Xcel customers in the Clifton area reported they lost power after 6 p.m. but Eggleston could not confirm it was a large-scale outage.


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