Power restored to most of 3,000 in Boise area affected by high winds

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMarch 16, 2014 

Gusts up to 50 mph have been recorded in the Treasure Valley.

IDAHO STATESMAN

Strong winds throughout the Treasure Valley brought down trees and power lines and cut electricity to some customers Monday morning. Most of the roughly 3,000 affected customers had power restored by 10 a.m., according to Idaho Power officials.

Winds gusts reached 47 mph at the Boise Airport early Monday. The winds were even stronger east of Boise, where Mountain Home recorded a gust of 53 mph at 5:10 a.m. and Pocatello recorded a gust of 58 mph at 8:06 a.m.

A wind advisory is in effect for the Valley until 6 p.m. Monday. Wind gusts could reach 60 mph today in the western Magic Valley and southern Twin Falls areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Just before 7 a.m., a power outage affecting 2,000 customers was reported in the Caldwell and Wilder area. An outage affecting 256 customers in the Eagle/Star area (Can/Ada and Purple Sage roads) was reported at 7:48 a.m.

At 7:55 a.m., an outage affecting 600 customers in the Kuna area was reported. The outage area includes Columbia Road, Locust Grove Road and Meridian Road.

In Boise, a power outage affected 26 customers in North Boise in the area of Crane Creek and Wagon Wheel roads. Possible power lines were also reported down at 11th and State streets in Boise and in the 3000 block of Wingate in Meridian.

Boise County emergency dispatch reported phone service down in the Idaho City area.

Flights out of Boise Airport appeared to be arriving and departing on schedule despite the high winds.

Temperatures will drop precipitously in the Valley today, and sustained 25 to 35 mph winds will make it feel even colder. Don't put away those winter coats just yet.

Shirtless men and bikini-clad women played sandlot volleyball in Boise's Ann Morrison Park on Sunday, when the high reached 69 degrees at Boise Airport. The forecast high for Monday is only 49 degrees, and scattered rain showers will bring some moisture to the area, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will drop to the upper 20s Tuesday morning, and the daytime high will reach the upper 40s. Wednesday will be a little warmer, with highs in the 50s, but another cold front is expected to come through and knock temperatures down again.

The first day of spring is Thursday, when highs will be in the upper 40s and lows will be in the low 30s.

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