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Friday storm floods streets, shuts down fair while Saturday lightning results in power outages

PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER CHANEY - The intersection of Deer and Third streets was almost completely submerged after a hard-hitting storm raged through Prineville Friday evening.

Stormy weather flooded the streets of Prineville Friday night and left thousands throughout the community without power the following night.

The first storm, which was the more violent of the two, hit early Friday evening, bombarding residents with high winds, very heavy rainfall and frequent thunder and lightning. Once it had blown through the community, multiple streets, sidewalks and parking lots were submerged, and the Crook County Fair had called it an evening by around 6:30 p.m.

Saturday night, another less intense thunderstorm arrived. Frequent lightning ultimately resulted in more than 3,700 Central Electric Co-Op customers losing power served by four different substations. Residents lost power shortly before 9 p.m. and in some areas, it was not restored until around 10 a.m. the following morning.

According to weather data compiled for Prineville, the community received nearly an inch of rain during the Friday storm and almost another half-inch of rain on Saturday night.


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