Strong Winds Snap Power Poles in Midland

by Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's been a long day for anyone trying to get around this area, especially Midland Drive and Loop 250.

NewsWest 9 spoke with several neighbors on Tuesday who say this has been a frightening experience.

"The windows were shaking really bad, and it sounded like somebody was beating on the windows, it was frightening,"

The windstorm that destroyed power poles along Midland Drive shook up people in nearby neighborhoods too.

"You didn't have time to react, it was so quick," Jenny Curfew, who's power was knocked out, said.

"It was scary. We got up to see what was going on and it stopped.  And then, there went the flashes and the lights went out," John Curfew said.

About 11:00 Monday night, the northwest corner of Loop 250 went dark.

."That's what we noticed last night when it happened, all the lights because normally the loop is dead by 10:00 and at 11:00 we walked out back and there's just a million cars going by the access road and that's when we saw everything down. But then they got gridlocked because another power line fell, so they had to turn around and come down our alley and come back out this way. It was a fiasco about 1:30 or 2:00 this morning," John said.

When the sun came up, people were ready to head to work and that caused some headaches.

"The only thing that's crazy is the way they have the traffic detoured through the neighborhood. We had to take my oldest to work and it was hard to get out and then to get back in we were having to stop every so often and say, 'I live here. I promise, I live here!'" Jenny said.

Some didn't realize the power was out until late Tuesday morning.

"Not having any power in the house, I went around to check to find out why and couldn't see an excuse. It later came on, so I don't have any idea what happened," Midlander Donald Robertson, said.

For a lot of businesses in the area like restaurants and grocery stores, this power outage was more than just an inconvenience.

It cost them money, and not just in lost business.

NewsWest 9 spoke to the managers at Target, and they say they had to throw out more than $25,000 worth of frozen and refrigerated food thanks to the power outage.