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51mph wind gust. Photo by National Weather Service.
51mph wind gust
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Wind storm brings down power in Pinedale
by Pinedale Online!
July 23, 2022

Wind gusts up to 51mph were recorded at the Pinedale Airport as a storm blew in Friday evening, July 22nd. Parts of town only had their power flicker while the south end of Pinedale lost power for about two hours.

Rocky Mountain Power reported the cause of the outage was trees blowing over downing power lines. They said about 300 customers in Pinedale lost power for the longer period. The outage was centered in the south Pinedale area including the Fox Willow to New Fork Social Club subdivisions. Business along Pine Street and a few blocks south just had their power flicker and came right back on. Rocky Mountain Power reported a power outage at the same time in the Daniel area impacting 39 customers.

Reports of damage included shingles being blown off a garage roof in the Forty Rod area. Several trees were reported blown over in the Fox Willow subdivision. The Museum of the Mountain Man had two of their small outside shade tents next to the Pavilion picked up and dragged over across the patio into the middle of the parking lot, including the heavy cement blocks that were holding them down to the ground. The tents and support poles were crumpled and destroyed.

The Battle of the Badges annual charity game was being played in Pinedale at the time when the big wind storm hit. This year’s battle featured softball between the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office/Wyoming Highway Patrol and Sublette County Emergency Management Services/Sublette County Unified Fire. The event was held at the new Dudley Key Sports Complex on the west end of Pinedale. The game was nearly over when rain and strong winds caused organizers to make the decision to call the game for safety reasons. The game was 30-27 at the time. A generous donor contributed to end the game and call it a tie. The event raised $1400 for MESA Therapeutic Horsemanship.

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