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Several thousand El Pasoans lose electricity on hottest day of year

Power Outage

EL PASO, Texas -- Upwards of several thousand customers of El Paso Electric had to contend with power outages Thursday during a Heat Advisory on the hottest day of the year so far.

As of about 11 p.m., the utility indicated it was still dealing with scattered outages throughout the area and crews planned to work through the night to fix the problems.

By Friday morning, the utility's outage map reflected all power from Thursday's outages had been restored.

"Power is intermittent," El Paso Electric spokesman Javier Camacho had reported on Monday evening. "Our crews are currently working to make repairs so the power restoration will hold."

The largest of the outages impacted over 2,300 homes and businesses in far east El Paso near Pellicano and Zaragoza for a couple of hours in the evening.

Another large outage that lasted about an hour occurred in the late afternoon involving over 1,100 homes and businesses in west El Paso.

Causes for the outages were under investigation and it was not immediately known if the hot weather conditions played a factor.

The loss of electricity for thousands came amid what the National Weather Service described as "dangerously hot conditions" with the temperature late Thursday afternoon reaching 109 degrees for the hottest day of the year to date.

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