Power outages continue across metro Albuquerque


Thousands of people in the Albuquerque metro area remained without power Wednesday night.PNM crews have been working around the clock since the storm hit Tuesday.“This storm definitely swept through our service area with a fury,” PNM spokesperson Meaghan Cavanaugh said.She said, not only is every available PNM lineman out working, but they also hired outside contractors to help them get to as many affected places as possible.Crews have a dangerous job, working with electricity in wet, windy conditions, sometimes 30-40 feet in the air inside bucket trucks.Downed power lines and power poles pose and even greater danger to residents.“If they come across one, stay as far back as possible and do not touch anything that it touching it or the power line or power pole itself, even if you don’t see arching or sparking, always assume it’s energized and dangerous just call PNM at 888-DIAL-PNM to report the power pole or power line that is down,” Cavanaugh said.You can track outages at www.pnm.com/outageYou can also sign up for updates from PNM by texting #ALERT to 78766 and report outages by texting #OUT to that same number.People should also know restoring power is not a first-out, first-back on thing.“Our first priority is safety situations, so anything that involves downed power lines, downed power poles, that type of stuff that could be a public safety concern, that’s something we prioritize as a job. We also look at how many customers are affected in each area and try and find areas where we can make the biggest impact initially,” Cavanaugh said.

Thousands of people in the Albuquerque metro area remained without power Wednesday night.

PNM crews have been working around the clock since the storm hit Tuesday.

“This storm definitely swept through our service area with a fury,” PNM spokesperson Meaghan Cavanaugh said.

She said, not only is every available PNM lineman out working, but they also hired outside contractors to help them get to as many affected places as possible.

Crews have a dangerous job, working with electricity in wet, windy conditions, sometimes 30-40 feet in the air inside bucket trucks.

Downed power lines and power poles pose and even greater danger to residents.

“If they come across one, stay as far back as possible and do not touch anything that it touching it or the power line or power pole itself, even if you don’t see arching or sparking, always assume it’s energized and dangerous just call PNM at 888-DIAL-PNM to report the power pole or power line that is down,” Cavanaugh said.

You can track outages at www.pnm.com/outage

You can also sign up for updates from PNM by texting #ALERT to 78766 and report outages by texting #OUT to that same number.

People should also know restoring power is not a first-out, first-back on thing.

“Our first priority is safety situations, so anything that involves downed power lines, downed power poles, that type of stuff that could be a public safety concern, that’s something we prioritize as a job. We also look at how many customers are affected in each area and try and find areas where we can make the biggest impact initially,” Cavanaugh said.



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