A lightning storm Friday afternoon knocked out electrical power for an hour-and-a-half to 5,043 customers in the Wallowa County area, according to Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt.

The outage was caused by a lightning strike to a major transmission line between the county and Milton-Freewater, he said.

The power went out at 4:44 p.m. Friday and was restored at 6:15 p.m. At 9:15 p.m. A second electricity outage affected 460 customers in Enterprise. Power was restored to those customers at 10:23 p.m.

Regionwide, Gauntt said, the storm also caused electricity to shut down for 2,931 customers in the Milton-Freewater area, also at 4:44 p.m., which was restored at 5:59 p.m.. At 5:59 p.m. 1,637 customers in the Walla Walla, Wash., experienced an outage, with power back on at 6:35 p.m.

The weather station in Joseph reported .19 inches of rain associated with the Aug. 31 storm.

A maximum wind gust of 57 mph was reported at 5:55 p.m. at (www.josephoregonweather.com), the equipment for which is located between Enterprise and Joseph.

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