The extreme winds last Thursday brought stormy conditions which left Hawthorne without power in segments of the town from 4:25 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to spokesperson Faye Anderson from NV Energy.
There were 800 customers affected by this outage, which was brought on by the heavy winds taking down a wire. Teams of NV Energy employees worked in locating the problem over several hours, then had to find a remedy while fighting the extreme winds. Several local businesses had to lock their doors during normal business hours, including Golden Gate Petroleum.
According to Golden Gate employee Wendy Chorn, the electricity went out around 8 p.m. and did not resume until 10 p.m.
Chorn said, “Once the electricity went out we had to usher out all our customers and lock the doors. I stayed in the building for two hours as a precaution, waiting for the power to come back on. I finished my shift in the dark, but luckily the 10 p.m. employees were able to get things up and going again.”