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UPDATED: About 500 in ABQ remain without power

Workers repair power line poles on Tramway. (Jim Thompson / Journal)
Workers repair power line poles on Tramway. (Jim Thompson / Journal)
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Traffic closed on Tramway Blvd. in Albuquerque

Traffic closed on Tramway Blvd. in Albuquerque

12:28 a.m.

One of the newly installed poles is causing problems, according to PNM, so power likely won’t be restored until 3 a.m.

The power company apologized for the inconvenience.

6 p.m. Mesa Verde Community Center and Cesar Chavez Community Center will remain open until 8pm. and Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center will be open until 9 p.m. for people wishing to get out of the heat, the city has announced. The Palo Duro Community Center will not remain open this evening.

4:09 p.m.

PNM is reporting that power has been restored to all but about 500 customers. The company is expecting to have everyone back up by about 11 p.m.

3:02 p.m.

Utility workers have restored power to all but about 1,100 homes and businesses clustered near Montgomery and Tramway NE, PNM spokeswoman Ryan Baca said. Of those, 500 should have electricity restored by 4 p.m.

The remaining 600 PNM customers are unlikely to have power until late tonight, she said.

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12:56 p.m.

About 1,700 Albuquerque homes and businesses remained without electricity at 12:45 p.m., primarily in the Northeast Heights, PNM spokeswoman Ryan Baca said.

An estimated 688 customers in the vicinity of Menaul and Juan Tabo NE were expected to have power restored by 2 p.m., Baca said.

A cluster of about 1,100 customers without power in the vicinity of Montgomery and Tramway NE were expected to have power restore by this evening, she said.

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The city is encouraging people affected by the power outages to take advantage of community and senior centers to stay cool this afternoon.

Record or near-record highs of around 100 degrees are expected this afternoon.

The following centers have been opened to the public, free of charge for shelter, air conditioning, and water:

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE, 275-8731

Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE, 888-8102

Mesa Verde Community Center, 7900 Marquette NE, 256-2091

Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE, 256-2680.

According to the city, PNM expects power to be restored by mid-afternoon.


 

The Juan Tabo library, on Juan Tabo between Comanche and Candelaria, will remain closed today because of a power outage in the area, the city has announced.


 

Traffic was still closed in both directions on Tramway blvd. Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. after broken tree branches downed power lines between Montgomery and Comanche NE, according to the Journal’s traffic map and our photographer on the scene.

PNM’s outage map shows multiple areas without power.


Power was restored to the Metropolitan Detention Center, which had been on lockdown and emergency backup power since widespread outages caused by high winds across the Albuquerque metro area Monday night, PNM spokeswoman Ryan Baca told ABQjournal.com. The power was restored at the jail around 6:30 a.m., Baca said.

An estimated 1,900 PNM customers were still without power at this hour, but the utility expected to have it restored for most of those customers by mid-afternoon, Baca said.


5:21am — 2,000 still without power

By ABQnews Staff

Some 10,700 customers were without power across the Albuquerque metro area overnight, and 2,038 remain without power in scattered locations across the city this morning following violent wind storms that knocked down 10 distribution poles on the West Side and knocked out 11 transmission stations, PNM spokeswoman Ryan Baca told ABQjournal.com.

About 1,700 will remain without power until some time this afternoon, Baca told us.

First reports of outages came in around 7:35-7:40 a.m. Monday night, and PNM started getting power back on to some customers around 12:40 a.m. today, Baca said. Crews have been working through the night to repair the damage.

The Metropolitan Detention Center remained on lockdown and on emergency backup power, KOAT-TV reported this morning.


9:41pm 6/10/13 — High winds, downed lines cause widespread power outages

By Olivier Uyttebrouck/Journal Staff Writer

High winds and downed utility poles caused at least 22 power outages across the Albuquerque metro area Monday night, a PNM officials said.

Residents throughout the metro area experienced a momentary loss of power about 9:35 p.m. due to an outage on a main transmission line, PNM spokeswoman Ryan Baca said.

Officers closed traffic in both directions on Tramway NE after broken tree branches downed power lines between Montgomery and Comanche NE.

Baca had no estimate how many homeowners remained without electricity at 10:15 p.m. or when utility crews are expected to restore power to customers. Power outages appear largely confined to the metro area, she said.

“We do know there are extremely high winds across the city right now,” Baca said. “These crews are going to be working for quite a long time tonight.”

The Bernalillo County jail lost electrical power Monday evening after strong winds flattened 10 utility poles west of Albuquerque, officials said.

Metropolitan Detention Center officials put the jail on complete lockdown and stopped booking or releasing inmates, MDC spokeswoman Nataura Powdrell said. Back-up generators kept lights on at the jail but officers had to use keys to lock and unlock doors, she said. No incidents were reported inside the jail.

Officials also closed traffic on Shelley Road SE to the jail, forcing employees to use alternate routes to reach the jail.

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