Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

With heavy rain and wind gusts Thursday exceeding 50 mph in Crescent City, it was predictable that an outage would occur on the Del Norte Coast.

According to National Weather Service data, wind gusts reached 53 miles per hour in Crescent City at 12:22 p.m. Thursday.

Pacific Power spokesman Drew Hanson said outages began in Crescent City just before noon, due to a tree falling into power lines. He said the outage affected 9,800 people in areas near Northcrest Drive. Crews were able to switch power to a different substation, reducing that number to 7,500, and the rest were restored in about 90 minutes.

Hanson said the next outage occurred about 8 p.m. when a fuse blew at a local substation, knocking out power to 1,200 customers in various areas.

“Crews went out and were able to isolate the area where it happened,” he said. “The fuse did what it was designed to do.” He said they replaced the fuse and turned power on to about 300 homes to ensure the problem was fixed before restoring the remaining customers.

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