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Published April 30, 2011, 06:34 PM

Blizzard Causes Power Outages in Parts of Western ND

A late April blizzard has caused a power outage in western North Dakota including the city of Williston. Winds gusting to 60 MPH has knocked down power lines that supply Williston with power.

By: Williston Daily Herald,

WILLISTON, ND - A late April blizzard has caused a power outage in western North Dakota including the city of Williston. Winds gusting to 60 MPH has knocked down power lines that supply Williston with power.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Williston area that will last until 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The NWS report reads, “A strong low pressure system in central North Dakota will slowly move east today and tonight … The snow and blizzard conditions will spread into central North Dakota through the afternoon. Conditions will improve in the west this evening.”

Some towns in western North Dakota have power but Williston and the rural areas surrounding the city do not.

According to a KX News Team report a power company official said the main power supply line to Williston, the 230 line, is either down or malfunctioning. The backup line, the 115 line, is reportedly down in Williston along with many other power lines.

The Western Area Power Association released this report earlier, " The major winter storm in Northeast Montana and Northwestern North Dakota started to affect the power system early this morning. During this time Western lost several transmission lines in an area between Logan, North Dakota down to Belfield, North Dakota expanding west to Poplar, Montana. Currently Western has one major transmission station with out power. This station is in the Williston area. Western is working closely with our customers to restore lines and customer service as quickly as possible. However the winter storm and white out conditions are impacting the crews ability to respond."

There is no estimated time for power to be restored.

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