Severe thunderstorms rocked Big Horn’s entire service area Monday night
Outages were contained to the south Ten Sleep area and west of Shell, while multiple locations across the basin saw blinking lights and momentary outages.
Strong winds with gusts up to 70 mph and heavy rains mixed with cloud to ground lightning kept Big Horn’s crews busy from 4pm on the 12th to the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Lightning strikes caused breakers to operate on the transmission line to Ten Sleep causing a short outage for the entire area.
Winds toppled many trees in the Shell area starting around 8 pm and into the morning. Trees brought down powerlines in several places west of Shell. Crews were able to isolate and clear most of the outages and restore power to the majority of the area by 1 am, with the last of the members back in service by 3:45am on the 13th.
Clean up and repairs have already started and will continue over the next two weeks with crews concentrating on the hardest hit areas replacing poles, cross arms and broken insulators.
Photo above taken by Big Horn REA member Janell Metro southwest of Basin Monday evening.