Energy officials said wind, lightning, rain, hail and a roof torn off a barn contributed to a power outage that affected 5,329 customers of the Farmers Electric Coop from San Jon and Logan to Santa Rosa. The lights went out about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday evening.
While most customers had their power restored by 8 p.m., FEC customers in the Tucumcari area remained without power until about 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to FEC officials.
A lower-power distribution line was apparently struck by debris from the damaged barn roof, causing the line to contact a 69-kilovolt transmission line. That put FEC’s Tucumcari Interchange, which serves customers from San Jon and Logan to Santa Rosa, out of service, according Thom Moore, FEC’s director of member services.
The interchange returned to service by 7 p.m. Customers served from the San Jon and Lesbia substations returned to service by 8 p.m., Moore said.
Customers directly served by the damaged distribution line, however, remained without power until the early morning hours Wednesday, including many customers near Tucumcari. FEC line crews from San Jon and Logan assisted in the repairs.
The storm brought high winds and large hail, breaking windows and knocking down trees, residents of the area said. Rain gauges recorded 2.5 inches of rain and more, residents said.