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Storm cuts power to 2,400 households in Chino Valley

A fast-moving storm left more than 2,400 households in Chino Valley without power Tuesday evening, July 7.

The storm downed a major power line in the area at around 6 p.m., according to an Arizona Public Service spokeswoman. Crews were working to restore power by 7:30 p.m., with an estimated time of midnight for complete restoration.

Vince Schaan of the Chino Valley Police Department said the downed line was north of Road 3N, running along Highway 89. "They've got crews already working on it," he said.

The outage affected folks east of Safeway, which also lost power. The store was closed, Schaan said. He also reported the light at Road 2N was working, but the one at 3N and Highway 89 was not. When a traffic signal is out, the intersection defaults to a four-way stop. "A lot of people don't realize that," he said.

Schaan reminded everyone to keep flashlights or candles on hand - and to watch candles closely while they're burning.

Another reminder: "Don't call the police. We can't fix the power," he said, adding that the lines need to stay open for emergencies the police can do something about.

Another 32 households in Sedona were without electricity. Time of restoration was unavailable Tuesday evening.

The power failures were two of several reported throughout Coconino, Yavapai, Navajo and Gila counties. All available crews had been dispatched to work on the issues, APS stated.

Up-to-the-minute details can be found at APS.com/outages or on Twitter @APSfyi, the APS spokeswoman said.