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22,000 lost power during the night; 180 remain without

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Updated: 5/11 4:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- About 180 NV Energy customers remained without power late Sunday afternoon after high winds caused up to 22,000 customers to be without electricity overnight.

Some poles were snapped and lines came down in multiple areas across the Las Vegas Valley, according to an NV Energy spokeswoman.

As of 4 p.m. there were two main outages in the valley. About 150 customers were without power in the northwest and another 40 were affected in the northeast, according to the NV Energy website.

"We are switching out crews now because several have been out all night," NV Energy's Michelle Alejandra Booth told News 3 shortly before noon Sunday. "The outages were scattered with several in the northwest part of town."

Booth said some poles were broken in various locations as wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour struck the valley.

One area affected was on the east side of the valley at River Oaks Senior Mobile Home Park where winds ripped off some trim and portions of roofs.  Several people in the park need oxygen to breathe and electricity is vital.

Two-year park resident John Rudy said despite the wind damage, he was worried about those residents who need oxygen.

"People were without oxygen for a few hours. It (electricity) didn’t come back on for a few hours. It did come back on after 12 o’clock," Rudy told a News 3 photographer. "So how in God’s name are they breathing and how many residents are really bad off because they cannot get oxygen? I was very concerned last night."

Rudy said he lost the turbine off his home to the wind, but others suffered some damage to more portions of their residences.

"Our mobile home was rocking and we could hear our roof lighting. Then we heard a large bank and went out and found my turbine had come off," he said. "The other people’s roofs were coming off. We looked around all over the place and things were upside down. They were blowing all over the place."




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