(KXNET) — Here is a roundup of the power outages reported in western North Dakota as of 4:15 p.m. The majority of outages have been caused by the weight of ice build-up on power lines, pulling down lines and poles:
Northern Plains Electric Cooperative: 45 customers out of 11,810 are still without power, mainly in communities northeast of Minot and up to the Canadian border.
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative: The utility reports 104 customers out of 18,489 don’t have power. The vast majority affected live east of Williston in areas such as Wildrose, Stanley, Tioga, Baden, Plaza and New Town, among others.
Verendrye Electric Cooperative: “We have experienced some outages with all of the recent frozen fog and hoarfrost,” the utility notes on its Facebook page. Areas affected are in and around Ruso. “Please remember to stay away from downed power lines and report any outages by calling 1-800-472-2141.”
North Central Electric Cooperative: “The frosty conditions have finally caught up to us as we have some outages in the Sherwood-Mohall area,” according to posts on its Facebook page. “Our crews are working on restoring power.”
Montana-Dakota Utilities: A handful of customers in Wheelock remain without power. All other commuities and locations appear to have been restored. “MDU customers may be experiencing flickering lights and even outages due to ice buildup on power lines coupled with strong winds,” the utility reports on its Facebook page. “The winds cause the lines to gallop – kind of like doing the wave. MDU technicians are monitoring the lines and making repairs as needed. If you are experiencing and outage, you can monitor the progress of restoration on our outage page: https://buff.ly/3D2szGr. Thank you for your patience as we work to provide safe and reliable service.”
Capital Electric Cooperative: At last report, 70 customers, mainly northeast of Bismarck, are without power.
Otter Tail Power Company: About 2 customers in the Langdon area are without power.
Nodak Electric Cooperative: About 245 customers in North Dakota are without power in the counties of Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina and Steele counties.