Almost 8K Wyomingites Without Power Due To Snow

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Video by Cowboy State Daily publisher Bill Sniffin

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Nearly 8,000 Wyomingites across the state were without electricity on Tuesday morning due to the September snow storm that crossed the state.

As of 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, there were 260 outages across Wyoming affecting 7,865 customers, most of them in Rock Springs, according to Rocky Mountain Power’s outage map.

A cluster of 17 outages in Green River was affecting a little more than 2,500 customers. The cause was under investigation.

There were some smaller outage clusters in Riverton, Lander,Casper, Glendo and Douglas affecting hundreds of people.

Cowboy State Daily publisher Bill Sniffin said that he was awoken in the middle of the night Tuesday by rolling power outages and the sound of branches breaking throughout the night.

“The snow is wet and heavy and just weighed all the branches down,” he said. “It’s pretty cold, about 31 degrees. Of the thousands who have power in the Riverton/Lander area, I’m among the hundreds who don’t.”

Many of the power outages were reported either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. There were no estimates as to when the power might be restored.

Continuing the biblical plagues affecting Wyoming this year, it is unsurprising to find that a lack of lights might be the latest in nature’s bag of tricks.

“So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.”

Hopefully it won’t be three days before the power is restored.

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