Jun 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (KNSI) - Thousands of homes are still without electricity after an early morning storm ripped through central Minnesota.
Dave Gruenes is the District Manager for the Stearns Electric Association. He tells KNSI news that, as of early Friday afternoon, 2,500 of their customers are still dealing with power outages - many of them due to trees which fell onto power lines.
Gruenes says customers in particularly hard-hit areas along a 20 mile swath of Interstate 94 may not have power restored until tomorrow.
Gruenes says they've had their crews out since around 3 a.m. dealing with some extensive damage. He expects most customers will have their power restored by Friday afternoon, though some areas could be offline until Saturday morning.
Gruenes says it's crucial for customers to stay away from areas where trees have collapsed onto power lines, and let trained professionals fix the issue.
Around 12% of Stearns Electric customers are still without power. The company serves all of Stearns County as well as parts of 6 other counties.
Temp: 37°F (3°C)
Wind: 7 SE