UPDATE: Up to 17,000 in the region lost power during Sunday evening thunderstorm


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Around 17,000 El Pasoans, and other El Paso Electric customers, faced power outages Sunday night after a severe thunderstorm hit the region, a spokesman said.

There are 3,500 still without electricity, according to a Twitter post by EPE. Outages were due to a combination of wind, debris and transformer problems, a spokesman said. The hardest hit areas included Las Cruces, West El Paso and Northeast El Paso.

As of Monday morning, 1,000 to 5,000 customers remained impacted by the outages in the Chaparral, New Mexico area. And, areas along West El Paso and Las Cruces remained without power, according to EPE’s El Paso Electric’s Outage Map.

On Sunday night, 1,598 homes lost power at approximately 8:15 p.m. Sunday near Chaparral. An estimated time of restoration was not available as of 10 p.m. In West El Paso, at least 2,700 were out of power as of 9:51 p.m.

The Borderland was battered by a severe thunderstorm Sunday night, with hail and heavy rains and winds downing trees and flooding roads in El Paso and Southern News Mexico, as shown in the slideshow below. KTSM 9 News’ transmitter was downed in the storm as well.

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