Crews with power companies across the state were out in full force Tuesday working to restore power to individuals who lost power due to raging winds that whipped across central Nebraska during the overnight hours.
According to NebraskaPublic Power District, approximately 100 customers remain without service as of 1 p.m. The district saw a peak of 1,700 services outages during the height of the storm. The utility had to call in additional transmission and distribution teams to help assess the damage to the electric system and begin repairs.
"NPPDcrews are working as quickly and safely to restore power to our customers,"said NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. "We ask the public to stay out ofareas where there are downed power lines and allow our trained crews to handlethe removal."
He adds that there is a possibility that downed lines are still electrically charged which makes the situation potentially unsafe.
NPPDalso reminds the public of these safety tips while outage restorationcontinues:
- Turn off or disconnectany appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power wentout. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or"spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in applianceslike the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer, or furnace.
- Leave one light turnedon so you'll know when your power is restored.
- Leave the doors of yourrefrigerator and freezer closed to keep your food as fresh as possible.
Customers are also encouraged tofollow NPPD on Twitter and Facebook and receive notifications regarding poweroutage updates. Visit nppd.com for more.