Strong winds severely damage 4 SRP transmission towers

WINTERSBURG, Ariz. (AP) - 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.

SRP spokeswoman Patty Garcia-Likens says the towers were damaged Sunday night by winds that apparently reached at least 90 mph (145 kph).

Likens-Garcia says crews have begun work to erect temporary replacement structures to put the affected lines back in service within about a week and that permanent replacements will be put up in the fall or early winter.

Garcia-Likens says the lines are operated and maintain by SRP and connect with the Palo Nuclear Generation Station but that redundancies in SRP's system meant that the damage didn't affect SRP customers or Palo Verde.