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REA: Power outages continue throughout area Friday evening

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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.

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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.

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