Storm causes power outages across Treasure Valley

Storm causes power outages across Treasure Valley

Credit: Char Jackson / KTVB





Posted on April 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 3:09 PM

E. OREGON AND S.W. IDAHO -- A band of strong thunderstorms brought damaging winds and hail to parts of eastern Oregon and southwest Idaho Tuesday afternoon.

As of 9:30 p.m. Idaho Power has no reports of any power outage, it is still unknown what the exact cause was for the outages.

Earlier this evening, Idaho Power had reports of quite a few power outages. There are as follows:

--Over 1800 customers throughout Boise

--1000 customers in the Glenns Ferry / King Hill area are without power in which a substation has    been lost

--230 homes in several communities, including Parma, Notus, and Caldwell

--60 Meridian customers

--15 in Nampa

Some of the storm cells brought winds in excess of 60 mph. as well as large hail.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued several thunderstorm warnings just after 3:15 p.m. for parts of Baker and Malheur counties in Oregon.  The warning was extended for Canyon County in Idaho around 3:45 p.m., and then parts of Ada, Gem, Adams, and Valley Counties shortly before 4 p.m.

Viewers reported up to quarter and "gumball" sized hail from Notus to Middleton.

The warnings expired at 4:45 p.m. The NWS says, "small hail, heavy rain, and gusty winds may still occur in the area so you should remain cautious and alert for more potential severe storms."

The NWS also requests anyone that observes any hail, strong winds, wind damage, or tornadoes
call local law enforcement and ask them to relay the report to the National Weather Service in Boise.