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WAYNE, Neb. -- About 400 power customers in rural northeastern Nebraska were without power Tuesday morning after a Monday snowstorm caused outages. 

By Tuesday afternoon, most of them had their power restored. 

Mark Shults, general manager of Northeast Nebraska Public Power District, said that crews worked hard Tuesday to restore power for rural people in the area of Homer, Willis, Jackson and Ponca, Nebraska. 

"The crews are out chasing some isolated one down," Shults said. "My impression is, here by the end of business today, everybody's going to be restored." 

The power troubles began around 8 a.m. Monday, when a breaker was tripped on a transmission line that serves Emerson, Wakefield and Wayne.  

"The outage wasn't too very long," Shults said. Power to most people impacted in that case was restored within a few hours, and that area was not impacted again. 

But around the same time as power was restored to those areas, another breaker was tripped and Winside, Carroll, Randolph and Osmond lost power

By that time, the weather was worsening and though power was eventually restored, one crew member had to spend the night at a farm because the roads had become impassible and visibility was poor. 

Fortunately, Shults said no real damage was done to poles or lines by the storm. High winds most likely blew things onto lines and tripped the breakers, which caused the outages. 

"In high winds like this, you just never know when something gets blown through the power line," Shults said. 


Lifestyles reporter

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