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Thousands still without power Friday afternoon after powerful storm

Power companies say full repairs could take weeks to complete.

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 6:23 AM
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 4:36 PM

KIMT-TV 3 - MiEnergy Cooperative says 500 of its members in Minnesota are still without power as of 4 pm Friday.

The co-op says a total of 5,000 members lost electric service in the combination of rain, sleet, ice, snow, and wind that hit Wednesday night into Thursday morning. About 100 MiEnergy power poles were broken or damaged.

MiEnergy says crews will continue to work until 8 pm Friday but will likely not restore power to all members. Work will then resume at 5 am Saturday.

The co-op says it will take weeks to permanently fix and cleanup the damage caused by the storm.

Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services is reporting just over 3,500 of its customers are still without power as of 3:30 pm Friday.

With about 500 power poles either broken or knocked down throughout its service area, the co-op is described power restoration efforts as “challenging.”

Freeborn-Mower reports 124 crew members from other co-ops and contractors have arrived to help bring electricity back to its members.

The following shelters have also been opened for people without power:

- Clarks Grove Fire Hall – 101 Independence Ave. N – Clarks Grove

- Alden Community Center – 502 W. Street – Alden

- Albert Lea Armory – 410 Prospect Ave. – Albert Lea

In north Iowa, Alliant Energy is reporting more than 1,700 customers still without power. Many of those outages began early Thursday morning. Heartland Power Cooperative is reporting more than 1,500 customers without power in north Iowa. 

People’s Energy Coop in southeastern Minnesota is reporting around 3,100 outages as of Friday afternoon. That makes up around 13 percent of its customers.

MORE STORM COVERAGE

24 hours later, thousands still without power - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/After-24-hours-thousands-in-north-Iowa-southern-Minnesota-still-without-power-508481891.html

500 poles on ground in Freeborn, Mower Counties - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/500-poles-either-broken-or-on-the-ground-in-Freeborn-Mower-counties-508489971.html

Warming center open in many north Iowa counties - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Warming-centers-opened-in-north-Iowa-due-to-power-outages-508489051.html

Power could be out until Monday in some parts of southern Minnesota - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Thousands-without-power-in-Freeborn-Mower-Counties-as-storm-whips-through-area-508429621.html

Photos and videos from the April storm - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Damage-done-Viewer-submitted-photos-from-Thursdays-storm-508439331.html

Outages affected more than 9,000 in north Iowa - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Many-north-Iowa-counties-dealing-with-power-outages-Thursday-morning-508425341.html

Some north Iowa schools had to get creative due to power outage - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Students-stay-in-school-during-power-outage-508466751.html

Roof ripped off Britt building sounded like ‘trucks colliding’ - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Roof-ripped-off-Britt-building-during--508438621.html

Canopy collapse closes Winnebago Co. gas station - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Canopy-collapse--508441071.html

Mower County under a state of emergency - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Mower-County-under-a-State-of-Emergency-508464651.html

Dodge County declares a state of emergency - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/State-of-Emergency-declared-in-Dodge-County-508458261.html

Rest stops on I-90 near Rochester closed due to outage - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/I-90-rest-areas-closed-near-Rochester-508441001.html

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Confirmed Cases: 60898

Reported Deaths: 1698
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Ramsey7572265
Dakota4414106
Anoka3683114
Stearns289320
Washington212845
Nobles17646
Olmsted173223
Scott155919
Mower11012
Rice10328
Blue Earth9185
Wright8845
Carver8613
Clay78440
Sherburne7238
Kandiyohi6961
St. Louis55319
Todd4262
Lyon4253
Freeborn3591
Steele3482
Nicollet33713
Benton3203
Watonwan3080
Winona26116
Beltrami2400
Crow Wing23514
Le Sueur2201
Martin2075
Chisago2011
Goodhue1969
Otter Tail1943
McLeod1810
Cottonwood1780
Becker1571
Pipestone1579
Polk1534
Waseca1480
Itasca14712
Douglas1441
Carlton1370
Unassigned13441
Pine1290
Dodge1270
Isanti1250
Murray1221
Chippewa1041
Morrison921
Wabasha920
Brown892
Faribault870
Jackson860
Meeker852
Rock850
Sibley832
Koochiching773
Pennington751
Cass722
Mille Lacs713
Renville645
Fillmore630
Lincoln580
Grant553
Swift531
Roseau520
Yellow Medicine520
Pope480
Houston420
Aitkin401
Norman400
Kanabec361
Redwood360
Wilkin343
Hubbard330
Marshall290
Mahnomen271
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Red Lake240
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Lake210
Stevens180
Clearwater140
Traverse110
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Cook50
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Confirmed Cases: 48781

Reported Deaths: 929
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Polk10309207
Woodbury371952
Black Hawk312766
Linn237588
Johnson209619
Dallas188535
Buena Vista179412
Scott171814
Dubuque167631
Marshall144426
Pottawattamie132526
Story116614
Wapello90033
Muscatine84748
Webster8017
Crawford7283
Sioux6343
Cerro Gordo62517
Warren5641
Tama55129
Jasper47826
Wright4721
Plymouth4629
Clinton3973
Dickinson3814
Louisa37814
Washington29810
Boone2583
Hamilton2461
Franklin24110
Bremer2267
Clarke2013
Carroll1921
Emmet1924
Clay1901
Shelby1841
Hardin1810
Des Moines1792
Marion1730
Poweshiek1598
Benton1561
Jackson1561
Allamakee1554
Floyd1552
Mahaska13917
Cedar1331
Guthrie1325
Jones1302
Buchanan1271
Henry1254
Hancock1222
Butler1212
Madison1212
Pocahontas1152
Lee1143
Lyon1132
Delaware1121
Humboldt1111
Cherokee1081
Harrison1071
Clayton1043
Taylor980
Iowa971
Winneshiek971
Page940
Kossuth910
Monona910
Mills890
Sac850
Jefferson840
Palo Alto840
Winnebago840
Calhoun832
Osceola830
Fayette820
Grundy791
Mitchell780
Union771
Cass741
Monroe737
Lucas684
Worth660
Montgomery594
Davis572
Chickasaw540
Appanoose493
Howard490
Fremont420
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Van Buren371
Keokuk351
Adair300
Ida290
Audubon281
Decatur230
Ringgold221
Wayne191
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