South Clovis residents lose power temporarily

CNJ staff

About 2,000 Xcel Energy customers in South Clovis lost power for more than three hours after winds knocked down utility poles on Brady Avenue between Prince and South Main streets late Sunday, officials said.

Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said about 14 customers were still without power as of morning, but their power was restored by 2:45 p.m.

Most had power restored by 1:30 Monday morning, he said.

Occurring around 10 p.m., the downed power lines also sparked a grass fire in an empty field north of Brady Avenue, which burned approximately 20 acres before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Reeves said six poles were knocked down and utility workers had to reroute power around the damage while they worked to get the poles back up.

Battalion Chief Jerry Martin said no structures were burned.

Martin said the straight line winds responsible for the damage were observed by personnel at the fire station on Brady Avenue.

“They said it was the strongest wind they’d ever seen or experienced,” he said.

Reeves said the damage was like that usually seen with rotating winds.

“Our personnel have said it looks almost like a microburst. It had the same kind of damage as almost a little funnel,” he said.