Thousands in southwest Minnesota lost power after a major spring storm brought nearly an inch of freezing rain Tuesday night, prompting the city of Worthington to declare a state of emergency, MPR reports.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Nobles Cooperative Electric (NCE) says about 3,000 customers were still waiting for electricity to be restored.
The Worthington Daily Globe reports city employees worked through the night, clearing fallen ice-covered branches from roadways in preparation for snow. The area is bracing for 8-9 inches beginning at noon.
WCCO reports the small city is virtually shut down with the exception of Sanford Worthington Medical Center, a 64-bed hospital, that's running on generators. Businesses and schools are closed.
A radio station was also knocked off the air after a 500-foot transmitter snapped in half, WCCO says.
Utility crews will continue to work around the clock, rebuilding hundreds of downed transmission lines.
Nearly all of Nobles County lost power, the Star Tribune reports. What little is available is being shared in a “rolling blackout,” lighting up sections of the county for 45 minutes at a time.
NEC says customers in Bigelow, Bloom and Indian Lake Townships, parts of Worthington and Lorain Townships, along with the Adrian area could be without power for a minimum of two days.
MPR also has photos.