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Storm causes minor damage in Tulelake

Downed power lines and localized outages were the extent of the losses

6/30/08, Herald and News

   A thunderstorm and high winds knocked out power to some sections of the Basin and downed trees in Tulelake, according to Pacific Power spokesman Toby Freeman.
   Freeman’s sources reported some mini tornadoes touched down in Tulelake. W hile they did cause some damage to trees and some localized power outages, it did not cause substantial damage to power lines or extensive power outages there.
   A b out 2 6 0 c u s t omer s were affected just outside of Klamath Falls around 7:45 p.m., in an area served by the Bryant substation. In Bonanza, about 1,100 customers lost power around 4 a.m. Pacific Power linemen worked through the night and most customers’ power was restored by late Sunday morning.
   T he Nationa l Weather Service in Medford reports for the Tulelake area. No reports of mini tornadoes were received, and officials there bel ieved the w i nd gusts recorded at 43 mph could have done the damage, although weak cold air funnels do sometimes appear during thunderstorms.
   — Lee Beach
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