Nearly 9,000 customers were without power in north Iowa

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Many in north Iowa are dealing with power outages as strong winds take a toll on the area.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2019 5:46 AM
Updated: Apr. 11, 2019 7:29 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A power spring storm system raking the Midwest has left thousands without power in northern Iowa and damaged some homes and businesses.
Heavy rain, hail and high winds gusting to 60 mph pummeled the area Wednesday night into Thursday.  
The Iowa State Patrol reports that Interstate 35 northbound near Latimer was closed for a time Thursday morning after winds blew a semitrailer over.

A chance of rain through Thursday evening has been forecast, with the possibility of snow early Friday morning as the temperature drops into the high 20s.

The National Weather Service expects the area to return to spring temperatures Monday, with a high near 60 degrees.

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Multiple power outages have been reported Thursday morning in north Iowa. As of 9:20 a.m., nearly 8,900 Alliant Energy customers were without power. That number was cut to around 6,900 as of 12 p.m. and 5,465 by 3 p.m. Heartland Power Cooperative reported just under 1,980 customers without power, including over 630 in Worth County, and just under 1,000 in Winnebago County, as of 4 p.m.

According to the Alliant Energy outage map, nearly all of the outages are north of Highway 18.

More than 1,000 people were without power in Britt and Garner as of 8:30 a.m., and a roof was blown off a building in Britt.

You can find an updated list of Alliant Energy outages here.  You can find an updated map of Heartland Power Cooperative outages here.

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