Lightning leaves 14,000 powerless

July 7, 2009 at 2:03 am Leave a comment

State Police report 10 accidents in 40-minute period Monday evening
*published July 7, 2009
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Lake Charles went dark Monday evening as a series of lightning strikes left about 14,000 people without power, an Entergy official said.

“We estimated somewhere near a dozen lightning strikes blew out transmission lines and transformers at multiple power stations throughout the parish,” said Sheila Pounders, an Entergy customer service manager.

Strong thunderstorms began to blanket the area at about 7 p.m., causing issues for some first responders.

State police reported about 10 crashes of varying degrees in a 40-minute period. Officials blamed the heavy rain for the influx of accidents.

Lake Charles police and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatchers said their agencies handled nothing out of the ordinary.

The Lake Charles Fire Department reportedly dealt with about a dozen false calls caused by fire and home alarms that were triggered as power flickered.

Pounders said technicians were out working as soon as the rain stopped and would work through the night.

As of 10 p.m., 8,371 people in Calcasieu Parish remained without power, she said.

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