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Power Largely Restored Following Overnight Storm

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Crews with power companies across the state were out in full force Tuesday working to restore power to individuals who lost power due to raging winds that whipped across central Nebraska during the overnight hours.

According to Nebraska Public Power District, approximately 100 customers remain without service as of 1 p.m. The district saw a peak of 1,700 services outages during the height of the storm. The utility had to call in additional transmission and distribution teams to help assess the damage to the electric system and begin repairs.

"NPPD crews are working as quickly and safely to restore power to our customers," said NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. "We ask the public to stay out of areas where there are downed power lines and allow our trained crews to handle the removal."

He adds that there is a possibility that downed lines are still electrically charged which makes the situation potentially unsafe.

NPPD also reminds the public of these safety tips while outage restoration continues:

  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer, or furnace.
  • Leave one light turned on so you'll know when your power is restored.
  • Leave the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep your food as fresh as possible.

Customers are also encouraged to follow NPPD on Twitter and Facebook and receive notifications regarding power outage updates. Visit nppd.com for more.

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