Lightning strikes, bad driver result in several power outages in the county

(Riverton, Wyo.) – There were two power outages reported in the county overnight. One was the result of a lightning strike above Fort Washakie last night that lasted over an hour before a High Plains Power crew could arrive on the scene and restore electric service. There was a power bump reported in Hidden Valley last night as well, also the result of a lightning strike, a High Plains representative reported.

In Shoshoni, a three hour-long power outage that began at 5:49 a.m. was the result of a vehicle striking a guy wire on a power pole. Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Paul Murphy in Salt Lake City said the outage affected 214 customers. Murphy said repair crews from Riverton restored the power after locating the problem and getting it fixed.