Lightning causes brief power outage
Wednesday’s thunderstorm caused the power to go out for about 10 minutes in the Los Alamos town site and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Lightning struck a transmission pole on LANL property and that affected the town site and LANL facilities.
LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said power was out at TA-3 and that email and Internet service was interrupted.
The lab statement read, “Power was knocked out for 9 minutes yesterday throughout TA-3, LANSCE, and the entire townsite. The problem occurred due to a lightning strike on a
substation that initiated a protective relay, cutting power.
“E-mail and Internet service was out for a few hours, and the Lab's computing resources went offline. Everything was restored to normal operations by the end of the work day. As a normal response, the lab is investigating to assure that all electrical safety systems worked properly.
The power outage also knocked out the county 311 customer service center, but DPU posted information on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
DPU releases report
The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) released their Performance Report