PNM working to fix power pole struck by lightning

Updated: 07/04/2014 2:36 PM | Created: 07/04/2014 11:34 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

PNM hopes to restore power by Friday afternoon after overnight rain and lightning left some northeast Albuquerque residents in the dark.

Residents near San Pedro and I-40 say their power went out right around 12:30 a.m. The traffic lights at the intersection of Indian school and San Pedro also went down.

According to PNM, lightning hit a power pole around midnight and the transformer caught fire.

"It kind of went on and off. There were a couple of times where it sparked and then it grew and it was fairly big—especially with the wind," resident Alison Paige said.

Fortunately, the fire went out and nothing else was damaged, but people still don't have power.

PNM crews went to check out the pole, but when they got there, they realized they needed more equipment.

The estimated time of repair is 3 p.m.

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