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TEP: Some customers could go days without power on southwest side

Thunderstorm knocked down over 30 electricity poles
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Posted at 8:14 PM, Jul 23, 2023

UPDATED AT 5:47 a.m. Tuesday, July 25

75 people on the southwest side of Tucson wake up Tuesday morning without power. TEP says the estimated time of restoration is still Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m.

UPDATED AT 12:00 p.m. Monday, July 24

Tucson Electric Power posted on its Twitter account that some customers might be without power for several days after Sunday night's storm knocked down more than 30 poles on the southwest side.

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UPDATED AT 9:26 a.m. Monday, July 24

More than 1,000 customers remain without power on Tucson's southwest side, according to the TEP outages map.

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Spokesman Joseph Barrios with the Tucson Electric Power is confirming with KGUN 9 most of the outages seen across its infrastructure are due to the storm.

"For a short time, we had as many as 11,000 customers that were out of service," he said. "However, at this time, only about 4,000 are out of service."

ORIGINAL STORY AT 8:14 PM, Sunday, July 23

Thousands of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customers are left without power as a thunderstorm roars through Southern Arizona.

The National Weather Service of Tucson warned the public just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, letting people know bad weather was on the way.

It pointed out the main threat as gusts up to 60 MPH.

About ten minutes later, the TEP let people know about multiple power outages. These are due to the incoming storm.

9,105 customers are currently affected, according to the TEP's website tracking live outages.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department commented shortly thereafter about storm damage in the south of West Ajo Highway and West of Interstate 19.

It heard word of downs power lines and poles, low power lines, damage to homes, and odor of natural gas from possible leaks.

Deputies are warning Tucsonans to use caution when driving through the storm, especially in the areas where traffic signals are out like at West Valencia Road and South Cardinal Avenue.

Please stay with KGUN 9 for continuing updates.

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