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'Like a freight train:' High winds cause damage, power outages across Treasure Valley

Wind gusts of more than 60 mph were recorded at the Boise Airport amid the storm.

BOISE, Idaho — Thousands of people across southern Idaho were without power Monday morning after a storm rolled through the area, bringing high winds.

In Boise, a transformer blew on North Tweed Court, cutting off electricity to nearby neighborhoods. A tree also fell onto power lines on West Morris Hill Road, cutting off the power to a section of the Boise Bench.

Outages were also reported in Eagle, Nampa, Kuna, Emmett and other areas around the Treasure Valley. 

"We are aware of multiple weather-related outages in parts of our service area," Idaho Power wrote in an alert. "Estimated restoration times will be determined when crews are able to assess impacts. Thank you for your patience as we work to safely restore your power."

Idaho Power crews worked throughout Monday now to assess and repair the damage from the windstorm. Customers can check the Outage Map for the latest, or contact Idaho Power at  1-800-488-6151.

Service had been restored to all areas by Tuesday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts of up to 61 mph were recorded at the Boise Airport, while Twin Falls saw 70 mph gusts. 

Lonnie Schott and Mary Maneely were inside their Jefferson Street home in Boise's West End when a tree toppled from their neighbor's yard onto their roof. Large tree branches pierced through the ceiling, Maneely said.

"Oh, it was very scary to tell you the truth," she said. "I was in the bedroom and all of a sudden I heard that storm and the branch came through."

Schott said he had been listening to the storm howling outside for about 20 minutes before the tree came down. 

"The winds grew stronger and stronger, and at 1:50[a.m.] we heard this big, like a freight train rushing, and then a big thump," he said. "It was like Boom! Crash!"

The pair said they are in the process of notifying their insurance company about what happened.

Other Treasure Valley residents shared photos of uprooted trees, broken branches and toppled trampolines across the Treasure Valley. 

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