Update: Ice, Lightning Causes Several Power Outages, Power Back On for Most


Winter weather conditions caused power outages across central Nebraska Sunday.

Nebraska Public Power District saw outages in Kearney Gibbon, Elm Creek, Loup City and Ashton. NPPD spokesman Mark Becker says overall, the utility had about 3,200 customers without service on Sunday.

Power crews began repairing damaged lines around noon.

"They're quite active today. We've got a lot of outages and the crews are, first of all, working as quickly as possible but at the same time trying to work as safely as possible under the conditions they had today," Becker said Sunday.

By Monday morning Becker said they were down to four customers out in Kearney and two irrigation wells out in Shelton. He said power was restored to everyone else by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Southern Public Power began working on an outage earlier in the day Sunday before the snow and wind started to cause problems. An employee with Southern Power said a lightning strike led to an outage in Wood River early Sunday.

Following that, customers in the Holdrege, Bertrand, Loomis, Atlanta and Hall County areas were without power throughout the day Sunday.

Southern Power spokesman LeAnne Doose said around 150 customers around Holdrege were still without power around 11 p.m. Sunday but only one outage remained as of 10:30 a.m. Monday.