Southern Power District reports electricity is back on in many areas affected by Wednesday night's storms. Numerous power poles came down in central Nebraska in the Grand Island-Aurora area. working to clear debris and restore power.
Southern is providing updates on the progress of power restoration via their Twitter page.
As of 5:00 p.m. they said not many outages remain.
The company expects to have power restored at 100% by Friday.
Power in the villages of Phillips and Giltner has been restored. They're working on replacing about 20 poles In the Grand Island area.
Southern says crews will repair 2 miles of distribution line and 20 subtransmission poles in the Aurora area.
Here's a statement posted Wednesday night by Southern Power District on its Twitter page:
Hall and Hamilton Counties, both in Southern's service territory, encountered a full night tonight of severe weather with tornadoes touching down from Cairo all the way to the Aurora area. Often after severe weather, we all feel tempted to get out and take a look at the damages. In the aftermath of this storm, we would like to remind you of the significant dangers of downed power lines. If you encounter a downed power line, please assume that the line is energized, don't take a chance. Contact Southern Power District to report the downed line. Also, debris from the tornadoes and poles may be in roadways. We are working through the night tonight to clean up these areas. If you must travel, we urge you to use extreme caution. We do not want to see any injuries or fatalities. Please share this message with your friends and families.
To those affected by this storm, please know that we will work hard to restore power to you as quickly as possible. We wish all the best to those who will need to rebuild their homes, businesses or endured other losses. And we thank the kind people who lend a helping hand to their neighbors during a time of need. We often see that neighborly spirit after storms like this, and it is one of the reasons we are proud to be working for customers here in Central Nebraska!
To Report Outages: 1-888-484-2470.