Makurdi thrown into darkness as windstorm destroys PHCN facilities

20 May 2012, Sweetcrude, MAKURDI - No fewer than 30 Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN’s) electricity poles were destroyed by windstorm in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Friday night.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PHCN poles were destroyed by the windstorm that was preceded by rain, which only lasted 30 minutes.

This has thrown the Benue State capital into darkness, some of the worst hit areas being Gboko Road, Wurukum Roundabout, Ahmadu Bello Way in old GRA, North Bank and Highlevel Areas.

NAN reports that both wooden and concrete poles were damaged by the storm, while some of the cars parked under trees were damaged as the trees fell on them.

However, no building was destroyed by the storm.

Some PHCN officials in Makurdi, who preferred anonymity, said that over 30 poles and other electric materials were damaged by the wind.