High winds create damage, cause power failures
High winds wreaked havoc in Bingham County Wednesday afternoon causing numerous power outages, uprooting trees and damaging hangars at the Blackfoot Airport.
Winds increased throughout the morning and gusts of 58-68 mph were recorded between noon and 3 p.m. in Blackfoot. A gust of 71 mph was recorded at 2:45 p.m.
During this time, wind tore metal siding and roofing from a hangar at McCarley Field, damaging a nearby power line. Airport Manager Kerry Requa said people at the airport were able to secure roofing on two other hangars and that some of the older hangars received minor damage. He said no airplanes were damaged and all aircraft were tied down.
The Blackfoot Fire Department responded to the airport and to two reports in the city of trees that had fallen and damaged power lines.
Several power outages were reported Wednesday afternoon and evening. Through 7 p.m., seven different outages affected more than 2,100 Idaho Power customers in Bingham County.
The largest outage was reported at 12:20 p.m. in the area of 300 North to 700 North and West River Road to 400 West, affecting 697 customers. Power was restored at 1:39 p.m.
More than 100 customers were affected in the area of 20 West to 95 West and 400 North to 600 North. By 9 p.m., however, service had been restored throughout Blackfoot.