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Correction: Transmission Towers-Wind Damage story

July 12, 2018

WINTERSBURG, Ariz. (AP) — In a story July 11 about damaged transmission towers, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted a Salt River Project spokeswoman. Patty Garcia-Likens said the towers were designed to withstand winds of 90 mph (145 kph), not that they were damaged by winds that topped 90 mph.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Strong winds severely damage 4 SRP transmission towers

The Salt River Project says four of its big transmission towers located in the desert on the far western outskirts of metro Phoenix need to be replaced after being severely damaged by high winds last weekend

WINTERSBURG, Ariz. (AP) — Four big electrical transmission towers on metro Phoenix’s far western outskirts must be replaced after being severely damaged by high winds.

Salt River Project spokeswoman Patty Garcia-Likens says the towers that were damaged Sunday night were designed to withstand winds of 90 mph (145 kph).

Jeral Estupinan, head of the National Weather Service’s Phoenix office, says the area’s radar coverage isn’t optimal but that 42 mph (68 kph) winds were reported 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the towers.

Garcia-Likens says the towers support SRP lines that connect with the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station but that SRP system redundancies meant that the damage didn’t affect customers or Palo Verde.

Garcia-Likens says crews have begun work to erect temporary replacement structures and that permanent replacements will be put up by early winter.

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