A lightning strike that hit a power pole is being blamed for the outage that knocked out power to about 34,000 customers in Bend Tuesday morning.
Pacific Power said it happened around 6:45 a.m.
Lightning it a power pole in the area of Highway 20 and Ward Road on Bend east side. The strike broke an insulator.
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Pacific Power said crews restored power to about half of affected customers within 30 minutes and restored power to all affected customers by 8:20 a.m.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Central Oregon Tuesday. More lightning is expected across the region.
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