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High wind blamed for power outages that impacted 5,000 El Paso homes and businesses

ABC-7 viewer Alex Gutierrez
The strong wind knocked this 7-Eleven store sign into a utility pole at Dyer & Hondo Pass in El Paso.

EL PASO, Texas -- Under extremely windy conditions, over 5,000 El Paso area homes and businesses lost electrical service on Friday afternoon. Almost all of those impacted saw power restored by Friday evening.

El Paso Electric indicated the outages were spread from the Lower Valley to downtown to the northeast section of the city. All of the outages were described by the utility as being weather-related, in some cases stemming from downed power lines and blown transformers.

Much of the region was under either high wind warnings or advisories issued by the National Weather Service office in El Paso. Those warnings were in effect until 8 p.m., with the weather service advising of wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour.

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