Dust Devil Causes Outage to Over 2,000 MEC Members on Presidents Day

downed power line near housesBullhead City, AZ – High winds and a localized dust devil (whirlwind) caused outages Monday afternoon, February 21, for Mohave Electric Cooperative members. The outages were primarily in the central Bullhead City area.

At 12:55 p.m. Monday a wind-related outage affected 549 members. Crews replaced a damaged connector and power was restored at 2:37 p.m..

Four separate outages began at 3:01 p.m. affecting a combined total of 2,285 members. The largest outage was caused when a whirlwind blew a roof and debris into power lines in the area of Hancock north to Riverfront Drive, west to the river, and east to Talc. This outage affected 2,151 members. Crews responded to replace a damaged pole at the location of the whirlwind, and replaced fuses at three other outage locations.

Power was restored to most members by 5:11 p.m. and all power was restored by 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Crews will complete repairs on Wednesday. No members will be affected by this additional work.

Please call our toll-free line at (844) 632-2667, text “outage” to 55050 from a number linked to your MEC account, or use our SmartHub application on your mobile device or desktop if you are experiencing an outage.

Founded in 1946, Mohave Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit utility providing reliable, cost-effective power to 36,700 members, 43,500 meters, with more than 1,555 miles of line spanning areas from Bullhead City to Topock on the west, Hualapai to Burro Creek to the south, and Nelson to the east. MEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.