UPDATE: Utility crews making progress on area outages

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Thousands of people across central Nebraska have been left without power following severe weather early Wednesday morning.

People with the South Central Power District work to restore power in the Amick Acres subdivision Wednesday after the storm. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

Crews throughout the area have been restoring power as quickly as possible.

A representative with Southern Public Power District said they had restored power to roughly 2,000 customers and are now down to roughly 1,000 in their service area without power.

As of 8:45 a.m. many GIPD tweeted that much of Grand Island has had power restored.

Hastings Utilities posted on their Facebook page that most of their customers have power.

Utilities General Manager Kevin Johnson said crews have been out since 3 a.m. working to restore power for their customers.

Hall County Emergency Management said the village of Cairo was without power, but that was restored around 6 a.m.

Many rural residents including those in Doniphan and the surrounding areas remain without power. Crews are working to restore power as they repair overhead lines and service lines.

Officials in Howard County have many residents that have been without power throughout the morning. Residents throughout Boelus, Dannebrog and Cotesfield are among those with services out in areas.

Residents should report outages to their local power utility.

On another note for those using portable generators SPPD put out this reminder for safety:


Take extra precautions when using a portable generator. They are a great resource during an extended power outage, but if they are installed or used improperly, they can be deadly. Please read these tips:

Make sure your generator is properly grounded. Read the unit’s manual for specific instructions. Keep your generator dry. Plug appliances directly into the generator. Be sure extension cords used with generators are rated for the load you need and are free of cuts, worn insulation and have three-pronged plugs. Do not overload the generator.
Do not operate the generator in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. They can produce high levels of carbon monoxide very quickly.

Use a GFCI to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries.

If you see a downed power line your local utilities company.

Always assume that any power line is energized, keep your distance, and insist that other people in the vicinity keep their distance as well.

Read the original version of this article at www.ksnblocal4.com.