Strong winds blowing trees into power lines caused a power outage in and around Buffalo Monday night, according to Margaret Oler, Spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Power in Salt Lake City.
Oler said that linemen must actually search for where the break on the line occurred, fix the problem and then go back to the substation and close the circuit to restore power.
The protective device, or circuit breaker, she said, operated properly until the fault could be cleared from the line and the circuit could then be safely re-closed.
Oler said two power lines were affected adding that almost 3,700 customers were without power.
According to the National Weather Service in Riverton, the weather station at the Johnson County Airport in Buffalo had sustained winds of 45-48 mph and recorded a gust of 60 mph between 7 and 7:15pm Monday evening. Estimates are that gusts were higher in other areas, and downed trees and limbs were scattered over much of Buffalo Tuesday.