Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 1, 2014
Storm cut power to Stansbury residents

Windy, wintery weather left nearly 4,000 Stansbury homes and businesses in the dark on Sunday.

Weather conditions downed transmission lines and caused power outages across the state Sunday afternoon. In Stansbury, the loss of a key transmission line cut power to 3,811 Rocky Mountain Power customers for more than three hours, said company spokesman Paul Murphy.

Any outage affecting more than 2,000 customers is considered a significant loss of power, he added.

The outage, which began at 3:45 p.m. and continued through 7 p.m., disrupted Stansbury residents’ Sunday afternoon activities — including area religious services, some of which were cut short a few minutes on account of the outage.

Sunday’s storm was anticipated by forecasters, but turned out more severe than predicted. In Tooele, temperatures dropped more than 20 degrees between noon and 2 p.m. as wind gusts neared 40 miles per hour.

The storm caught response crews off guard, Murphy said.

“Nobody was expecting winter to come back with so much gusto,” he said.

Eventually, crews were able to restore power by routing transmission to Stansbury over another set of lines, added Murphy. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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