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Thousands in Lane spending Saturday without power, Lane Electric returning power

Thousands of Lane County residents are without power this weekend after utilities shut off their electricity in anticipation of high winds that have the potential to knock over powerlines and start more wildfires.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board and the Lane Electric Cooperative both shut off electricity to many customers starting Friday, some as early as 1 p.m. The Springfield Utility Board does not have plans to shut off power, but is monitoring and preparing for the weather, according to their website.

EWEB shut off power to about 3,000 customers from Hayden Bridge to Vida. As of Saturday morning, the company did not expect to increase that number and anticipates restoring power Sunday afternoon.

As of Saturday morning, Lane Electric Cooperative shut off power to 2,369 households, about 18% of its customers. The company shut off power to some at 1 p.m. Friday, four hours earlier than originally planed.

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