SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– High winds contributed to around 2,700 residents and businesses in the Springfield area losing power on Thursday, April 7.

The first outage hit the Downtown Springfield area at around 12:30 p.m., the outage even causing the Springfield Police Department phone lines to go down due to a lack of power. Over 700 City Utilities customers were affected by the outage.

High winds battering the area caused an electric fault on a power line. City Utilities worked for about an hour to restore power to the area.

Shortly after, Springfield was hit by another power outage, this time in South Springfield.

Beginning at around 2:44 p.m., nearly 2000 customers were affected by a second outage, once again caused by high winds.

An electric pole near Republic Road and Lark was damaged by winds, leading City Utilities to close access to the street due to safety concerns.

A power line damaged by winds at Republic and Lark. (City Utilities)

Along with residential homes, power lines were also affected by the outage. City Utilities said power was restored to the area around an hour later, at around 3:50 p.m.