Widespread power outages impact thousands

Two separate power outages have affected thousands of people in parts of western Idaho and eastern Oregon Friday morning.

The first outage was reported at around 2 a.m. in the areas of Parma, Caldwell, Notus, Wilder, Nyssa, and Adrian. Idaho Power says the outage was caused by extreme weather conditions.

Initially, 5,375 customers were impacted by the outage, but the power is now fully restored to all residents.

The second outage is in the New Plymouth and Emmett area. It was reported at 6:12 a.m. Idaho Power says 3,393 customers were without power. As of 10:18 a.m., there only about 600 customers in Gem County still without electricity. About 400 of them are in the Letha area. Downed wired were the cause of the outage. 

Gem County officials say they have set up two warming stations for looking for a place to stay warm while their power is being restored. Those stations are at the Butte View Complex and Carberry Elementary School.

Idaho Power wants to refer customers to the outage center on their website. If you don't have access to the web page, you can also call the outage line at 208-388-2323.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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