UPDATE: Lightning Strike Leaves Kalispell In the Dark

By Beacon Staff

Power has been restored to about 14,000 Flathead Electric Cooperative members who were in the dark this morning after lightning struck a Bonneville Power Administration transmission line between Kalispell and Hot Springs around 6:30 a.m. The outage was centered around the Kalispell, Bigfork, Lakeside and Somers area.

“Until the Bonneville Power Administration gets their repairs done, we’re just waiting it out,” said spokesperson Wendy Ostrom-Price. “It takes time.”

At one point, even Kalispell traffic lights were dark. Ostrom-Price said electricity was slowly being restored at around 8:30 a.m., but it would still take time to turn all the lights back on.

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