Residents along the North Valley's Fourth Street corridor aren't in the dark any more. But Albuquerque customers are still without power at about 50 other outage sites.
From a PNM news blast:
Crews are working to restore power to those customers. The other outages affect less than 300 people, mostly single homes at this point. An additional 100 +/- customers are affected by 9 outages in the Valencia area.
The utility says extra workers are responding to the outages, and that they'll work through the night if necessary. PNM says that it could take "several hours" for some customers to get their power back.
Earlier this evening, PNM says about 5,300 customers, the largest group affected in the city, lost power because of an equipment failure at their Montano substation. The failure was caused by strong winds.
PNM advises people to avoid downed power lines.
Call (888) DIAL-PNM (888-342-5766) and say "Outage" to report an outage or downed line. To stay current on outage updates, follow "PNMtalk" on Twitter or find them on Facebook. There's also an outage map with estimated restoration times at PNM.com/outage.
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If you were hoping for a little spring breeze so you could have a break while Albuquerque marches through spring and on to summer, it looks like your prayers have been answered—forcefully. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the Albuquerque metro area, meaning that you can expect 40 mph sustained winds and 58 mph gusts today.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that winds are so strong down in southern New Mexico that the sand being kicked up in nature's little tantrum is visible from space. As if to confirm the conditions outside, the weather gadget on my computer desktop lists the conditions not as windy or cloudy. No, it says “Dust.”
Those who happen to keep important, loose papers outside might want to take them inside, and if you for some reason have a sail attached to the roof of your car, now is the time to remove it. This bout of bad weather doesn't have to be all inconvenience, though— if you want to set a world-record wind-assisted sprint time, just find a track where the breeze is at your back and hope for the best.