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REA: Power outages continue throughout area Friday evening

As of 4:30 p.m., Runestone Electric Association (REA) reported that many customers remain without power following the strong winds and lightning early Friday morning.

According to REA, numerous substations are down due to transmission issues. Damage is extensive throughout REA's service area with poles broken, conductor wrapped around trees and damage due to lightning strikes.

Some locations are likely to be out of power overnight.

If you are an REA customer and your power comes back on and then goes off again, the company is requesting that you contact them at (320) 762-1121 or rea@runestoneelectric.com.

REA crews are currently working to restore power.

Call loads to REA are reportedly "extremely heavy" and callers may receive a busy signal.

REA reminds everyone to be extremely careful and on the lookout for damaged poles, wires or other equipment after a storm. Stay away from downed power lines.

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