Though the storm that rumbled through the region on Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, wasn’t necessarily remarkable on the weather front, it did pack enough of a punch to cause 10,542 La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) customers to lose power at approximately 8:30 p.m.
?A lightning strike to the Tri-State Generation and Transmission substation in Bayfield, essentially a transfer point for Tri-State’s 115kv line coming into the area from the west, damaged the substation’s electronics.
As a result, lines locked open, cutting power to LPEA’s customers fed from the Bayfield substation, from Vallecito south to the state line and east to Wolf Creek. Durango customers were not affected.
The outage affected all LPEA customers in Archuleta County.
Tri-State and LPEA crews were immediately dispatched, and within 47 minutes had restored power to all those affected by the lightning strike to the substation. Additional isolated outages were reported through the evening, most storm-related.