Thousands still without power in South Dakota morning after derecho

Several electric providers are reporting power outages after a line of severe thunderstorms...
Several electric providers are reporting power outages after a line of severe thunderstorms moved across South Dakota.(Mike Miletich)
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 4:55 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - UPDATE, 4 p.m. Wednesday: Power has been restored to most, though thousands still remain without electricity a full day after a derecho struck eastern South Dakota.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, over 2,000 customers were still without power, mostly Xcel Energy customers in the Sioux Falls area. There were also still hundreds of Northwestern Energy and SDREA customers without power in the Huron area.

UPDATE, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday: Several thousand people are still without power the morning after a powerful storm swept across eastern South Dakota.

The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday evening’s storm was a derecho, which is a classification for a fast-moving, destructive, and widespread storm. Wind gusts approaching 100 mph were reported in several communities. This marks the second reported derecho in the region this year; the first struck on May 12.

Roughly 6,000 customers are without power Wednesday morning in eastern South Dakota, 18 hours after the derecho passed through.

Xcel Energy is reporting just over 5,000 customers without power as of 9:30 a.m., mostly in and around Sioux Falls. The company says more than 600 employees are out working to restore power.

Around 800 Northwestern Energy customers in and around Huron are still without power. South Dakota Rural Electric Association is reporting around 400 customers still without power Wednesday, again mostly around Huron.

Tens of thousands of South Dakotans lost power at some point Tuesday; Xcel Energy alone says approximately 55,000 customers were impacted.

Officials have asked people to stay away from downed power lines, and to report any outages to their power company.

As a line of severe thunderstorms makes its way east out of South Dakota, it’s leaving behind damage in a number of communities.

Several electric providers are reporting power outages.

As of 5:00 p.m., Xcel Energy says more than 25,000 customers in the Sioux Falls area are impacted by power outages.

Northwestern Energy’s website shows a number of outages. Those outages are in communities like Highmore, Harrold, Huron, Woonsocket and Mitchell.

The South Dakota Rural Electric Association also has crews out working on restoring power to customers.

Sioux Valley has 2000 customers without power in Minnehaha and Moody Counties.

Southeastern Electric shows nearly 500 outages in McCook and Turner Counties.

Minnehaha County Emergency Manager Jason Gearman is asking people to stay away from down power lines and be aware of down trees and debris.

Customers with outages should report their outage to their power company.

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