ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Friday's violent storm knocked out power to more than 30,000 PNM customers, some of whom may not get service back until late Sunday, a PNM official told KRQE News 13.
Those unlucky homes and businesses are affected by damaged poles carrying major transmission lines.
The timing of getting everyone back online is still uncertain.
"That's a little bit difficult to say because the number of poles that we have to replace," said Aubrey Johnson, PNM's vice president of New Mexico operations. "Unfortunately there may be still some customers out late into tomorrow afternoon because of the number of poles we have to replace on some of these transmission lines that are affected."
The severity of the storm kept PNM's crews off the streets for a time Friday evening, but as it began to subside, utility teams went to work with additional crews called in from around the state.
At its peak more than 30,000 PNM customers in Bernalillo County and elsewhere were without power.
The rain and hurricane-strength winds pounded Albuquerque leaving behind a mess outside and down trees that in some places took down power lines with them.
PNM crews worked all night and are still on the job.
Businesses went dark including a pizza place across from the University of New Mexico, which resorted to using flashlights before it was forced to close early.
One of the most significantly damaged areas was in the area of Interstate 25 and Gibson Boulevard SE. PNM said six poles were blown over there shutting down the interstate until downed electric lines could safely be removed.
PNM says most without power were along the Rio Grande area in Albuquerque, but there were also some in Rio Rancho and East Mountains.
As of late Saturday night, PNM said nearly more than 5,000 customers are still without power in the Albuquerque area and was asking customers to be patient.
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