Strong winds se­verely dam­age 4 SRP trans­mis­sion tow­ers

Yuma Sun - - NEWS -

WINTERSBURG — Four big elec­tri­cal trans­mis­sion tow­ers on metro Phoenix’s far western out­skirts must be re­placed af­ter be­ing se­verely dam­aged by high winds.

Salt River Pro­ject spokes­woman Patty Gar­cia-Likens says the tow­ers were dam­aged Sun­day night by winds that may have topped 90 mph.

Jeral Es­tupinan, head of the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice’s Phoenix of­fice, says the area’s radar cov­er­age isn’t op­ti­mal but that 42 mph winds were re­ported 10 miles from the tow­ers.

Gar­cia-Likens says the tow­ers sup­port SRP lines that con­nect with the Palo Verde Nu­clear Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion but that SRP sys­tem re­dun­dan­cies meant that the dam­age didn’t af­fect cus­tomers or Palo Verde.

Gar­cia-Likens says crews have be­gun work to erect tem­po­rary re­place­ment struc­tures and that per­ma­nent re­place­ments will be put up by early win­ter.

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