Power Outages, Downed Poles And Power Lines Being Reported
(Undated)-- There are reports of scattered power outages in parts of the area this (Thurs.) morning as 50 mph wind is causing problems with tree limbs coming into contact with power lines in some cases, and in other cases lines and poles being brought down.
The problem has been more widespread just across the border in southwest Minnesota. Federal Rural Electric Association, headquartered in Jackson, says at the worst point it had 2,700 outages, mostly in the western and southern portions of Jackson county and southern and northeastern Martin county. The outages were restored and were down to 220 as of very early this (Thurs.) morning. However, Operations Manager Joe Marthaler says the number of outages grew significantly and that as of 6:30 this (Thurs.) morning, had increased to more than 2,000. He says crews had to be pulled from restoration efforts to assist in removing downed power lines across Interstate 90 and Highway 86.
Marthaler says the West Lakefield and Round Lake substations are currently off line and that the Wilder substation has been off and on as well. Sherburn has been without power since about 3:42 am and most of Granada is without power. Great River Energy, a major power distributor in southern Minnesota, has reported some of its transmission line poles have been snapped off.
Marthaler says Federated REA is putting out a call for assistance from other utilities and power line contractors to assist with restoration.
Officials are reminding the public to stay away from any downed poles or power lines and to contact the proper authorities.
Wind gusting to 50 mph, along with ice-coated power lines, is wreaking havoc in many areas.