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Thousands still without power after deadly storm

A downed power line in Sioux Falls following the May 12 storm.
A downed power line in Sioux Falls following the May 12 storm.(Dakota News Now)
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 12:05 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Thousands remain without power Friday afternoon, nearly a full day after a powerful storm moved through eastern South Dakota.

As of 3 p.m., Xcel Energy’s outage map shows over 9,000 customers without power. The SDREA’s map indicates over 8,000 customers without power. Northwestern Energy is reporting roughly 200 customers without power.

Over 10,000 people in eastern South Dakota are still without power the day after a after damaging storm moved through the region.

Xcel Energy’s outage map shows over 9,000 customers are still without power as of noon Friday. The South Dakota Rural Electric Association reports over 8,000 customers without power, mostly Sioux Valley Energy Co-op customers. Northwestern Energy’s map shows several hundred outages in the region.

Officials with all three energy suppliers are urging people to be careful around downed power lines as the cleanup process begins. An Xcel Energy spokesperson said in a briefing Friday to treat any downed line as if it is live.

Thursday’s storm resulted in two fatalities in southeastern South Dakota. Many communities reported winds approaching and surpassing 100 miles per hour.

Outage information

Xcel Energy outage map; customers with outages call (800) 895-1999

SDREA outage map; customers with outages call your local co-op (find your co-op info here)

Northwestern Energy outage map; customers with outages call (800) 245-6977

Report downed power lines or trees: Call 211

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