A problem with one of two electrical transmission lines that serve central and southern Curry County resulted in power outages extending from Pistol River south to Harbor Friday morning.
Power was wiped out from Fifth Avenue north in Brookings and was reported to be off and on in Harbor at 10 a.m. South of Fifth Avenue to the Chetco River bridge merely experienced a short surge before electricity stayed on
Power was restored in Gold Beach before noon and remaining areas by mid-afternoon. The outage even forced the closure of Fred Meyer for a few hours, as backup generators did not switch on.
The outage also forced drivers traveling over the Thomas Creek bridge — currently a one-lane configuration and controlled by a signal — to slowly take turns crossing.
In Brookings, drivers were abiding by a flashing red light at Fifth Street.
Coos Curry Electric Cooperative officials did not indicate the situation was caused by an intense lightning storm that sat atop south Curry County Thursday night. But that storm brought 1.1 inches of rain to Curry County and a noisy thunderstorm that woke residents and rattled homes. Wind gusts continued Friday at almost 40 miles per hour.
Rainfall bumped the flow in the Chetco River to almost 9,000 cubic feet per second.
— Curry Coastal Pilot
Rain is expected to continue through the weekend, tapering off to a 20 percent chance of showers on Sunday and temperatures hovering in the 40s.
One to 3 inches of snow is forecast to fall on U.S. 199 through the weekend, as well.