Power outages are becoming a fact of life around the country, at any time of year. Recent years have seen a number of strong storms and hurricanes knock out power to suburban and rural homes for days at a time.
About 1,700 Xcel Energy customers in Grand Forks were affected by a power outage early today, according to an Excel representative. The representative said she did not know what parts of the city were covered in the blackout, but the company expected to have the power back to the areas by 1:33 a.m.
The power is back on after an outage stranded people on rides at Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee. Xcel Energy spokeswoman Mary Sandok says the power was restored at 6 p.m. Tuesday after being out for about an hour and a half.
Downtown Grand Forks blacked out for 20 to 30 seconds at about 10:10 p.m. Thursday as a power outage hit. Power came back on within the 20 to 30 second period.
Computers, radios, TVs and lights blinked out suddenly during the outage.
A dispatcher for the Grand Forks police department said power was out at the same time there.
Police officers called the dispatcher reporting that the traffic lights at Gateway Drive (U.S. Highway 2) and North Washington Street quit operating correctly. City electricians were called out to fix the lights, the dispatcher said.
UPDATED 6:53 A.M.
Sunday’s winter snowstorm that cut travel from Montana to Michigan hit southern North Dakota, much of South Dakota and central and southern Minnesota. The storm shut down hundreds of airline flights in the Twin Cities and cut power to 8,000 in St. Cloud, Minn., for five hours.
Herald Staff and Wire Report
, February 21, 2011
Parts of downtown Grand Forks lost power, and the roof of an East Grand Forks business was damaged by winds in excess of 50 miles an hour during a sudden storm that descended on Grand Forks at about 8:45 p.m.
Strong winds and heavy rain pounded parts of the Northeast on Saturday, knocking out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses and stranding about 500 passengers on a New York-bound train for more than six hours.
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