Several power poles were knocked down due to strong winds, causing outages in La Quinta, Indio, Bermuda Dunes, Mecca, & Thermal that latest for a couple of hours., the Imperial Irrigation District announced Monday evening.
Outages affecting about 2,000 customers in both Coachella Valley and Imperial Valley due to wind storm this afternoon. Initial assessment is 18 transmission poles down. Some customers may experience no power for up to 48 hours. Additional updates to follow.— IID (@IIDatWork) March 16, 2021
The outages started just before five as winds started to pick up in the central and eastern ends of the Coachella Valley. Power was restored to most customers by 9:30 p.m.
IID said others affected are expected to have service tonight.
In Indio, a row of power poles were toppled by strong winds, prompting police to shut down both sides of Indio Blvd from Madison Street to Burr Street.
Winds also knocked down trees from Rancho Mirage to Indio.
A High Wind Warning will remain in effect through 3:00 a.m. Tuesday for gusts near 60 MPH. Stronger gusts are possible in more wind-favored locations.
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