Power Outage in Sioux Falls, SD

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Xcel Energy
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City of Sioux Falls Electrical
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Sioux Valley Energy
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Southeastern Electric Cooperative Inc
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Western Area Power Administration
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Sioux Falls Power Outages Caused by Weather


February 14, 2021 - Extreme Cold/Wind Chill

During several periods over three days with wind chill below -35, values reached a minimum of -46 near Dell Rapids, -43 at Baltic and Colton, and -42 at Sioux Falls. Brandon Valley high school students were forced to move into the gymnasium and other windowless rooms to maintain warmth when a rolling blackout caused a power outage for several hours.

October 22, 2020 - Winter Weather

Light freezing drizzle started prior to sunrise and continued through the morning. Ice accumulation on elevated surfaces reached upward of two tenths of an inch, with lesser ice also accumulating on roads and bridges which produced dangerous conditions for several hours. Brief power outages occurred during the early morning hours to over 4000 customers.

September 10, 2019 - Tornado

Initial damage to a few power poles occurred as the tornado touched down at the intersection of 85th Street and Western Avenue in far southern portions of the Sioux Falls metro area. The tornado tracked northeast for a quarter mile causing tree damage in a residential area before turning more northerly. The tornadic path was evident by scouring vegetation while moving through a wetland area, tossing a trampoline, and causing tree damage to adjacent residences. As the tornado entered a residential area on the north end of the wetlands, more significant damage occurred to several single family residences, with loss of significant sections of roofs and walls, as well as numerous uprooted large trees. At this point, the tornado turned northeast for the last quarter mile of its path, moving along La Quinta Street. Two homes incurred more substantial damage with loss of exterior walls. The tornado lifted before reaching Venita Avenue. Average path width was estimated at 40 yards. Property damage costs are rough estimates.

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April 10, 2019 - Winter Storm

Ice accumulation and near blizzard conditions led to a shutdown of government offices and schools, and travel was not recommended due to the extremely hazardous conditions. Interstate 90 was closed from Sioux Falls westward, and Interstate 29 was closed from Sioux Falls northward from the evening of April 10 through noon on April 12. A period of freezing rain, sleet and snow resulted in ice accumulations starting the afternoon of April 10 through early April 11 of one-half to three-quarters of an inch. As winds increased and gusted as high as 59 mph at Sioux Falls, widespread power outages resulted as power poles snapped and transmission lines were downed.|Up to 10,000 customers around Sioux Falls were without power at times between the evening of April 10 and April 12, as well as the communities of Humboldt and Hartford where warming shelters were established by local government. Property damage costs include damage to utilities. ||Storm-total snowfall from 2 to 7 inches occurred, with 6.5 inches at Wall Lake, 6.0 inches at Colton, 5.2 inches at the Sioux Falls Airport and 3.8 inches near Garretson. Many areas had snow drifts of several feet, making roads impassable.

August 5, 2018 - Thunderstorm Wind

Trees down and power out around Cherry Rock Park.

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December 12, 2022

The first phase of a large and long-duration winter storm brought strong warming aloft atop a deep cold layer. With areas of freezing rain and drizzle, significant ice accumulations spread across portions of southeast South Dakota. Spotty minor power outages and broken tree limbs were reported.

July 5, 2022

A cluster of thunderstorms developed across eastern Montana and the western Dakotas during the morning hours. These storms organized and turned southeastward, feeding on rich inflow of post-frontal air with up to 3000 J/kg of MLCAPE and over 1000 J/kg of DCAPE. Along with strong storm-relative shear, parameters favored development of a strong cold pool and balanced mesocyclone, which spread southeast with the cluster and developed a strong and long-duration severe wind event which traversed South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, extreme northeast Nebraska, and northwest Iowa during the afternoon and early evening. The storm was classified as a derecho, and featured numerous wind gusts from 70 to 100 mph and considerable damage to trees, crops, powerlines, and structures along its path. In some cases, severe wind gusts persisted for more than 30 minutes.

May 12, 2022

A volatile environment featured a warm front from parts of east central South Dakota into western Minnesota, with a dryline extending to the southwest into Nebraska. With a very strong wave moving northeast through Nebraska into a highly unstable and highly sheared environment, scattered storms initiated and quickly grew upscale to a broad linear structure with damaging winds. With crop development well behind schedule and many fields yet to be planted, there was ample dirt available to be lofted into the leading edge of the storms, which took on the characteristics of a haboob reducing visibility to near zero at the onset of high winds.||A broad swath of winds from 70 to 100 mph devastated much of southeast South Dakota, and portions of southwest Minnesota, northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa, causing extensive tree and structural damage and scores of injuries. The highest observed wind gust was 107 mph near Tripp, SD. In addition, vehicles and high profile vehicles were blown off several roads, shutting down traffic on Interstates 29 and 90. Two (direct) fatalities occurred in vehicles impacted by debris as the storms moved into the Sioux Falls area. Power was disrupted in a widespread area, with estimates of over 45,000 customers impacted at one time. Many schools were closed due to damage and power issues. The South Dakota Governor requested and was granted a Presidential Disaster Declaration for damage to public infrastructure at an estimated cost of 6.7 million dollars across 20 counties and two reservations. Private losses were a much higher toll, and just one of the impacted counties (McCook) estimated at least 150 to 175 million dollars in damage. Presidential Disaster Declarations were also granted in Dixon County, Nebraska and Lincoln County, Minnesota. ||Following the afternoon line of storms, a secondary band of storms developed near the core of the upper level jet across eastern Nebraska in the early evening hours. These storms also quickly become severe, with a mix of large hail, damaging wind, and even an isolated tornado near Sioux City. This cluster of storms moved through far southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota during the evening.

February 14, 2021

A massive arctic plunge into the Northern Plains brought almost a week of dangerous and life threatening wind chills to the region. The worst conditions were recorded between February 13 and February 16 when wind chills occasionally dropped as low as 35 below to 55 below zero. Numerous record low maximum and minimum temperatures were also established. The areal extent of the extreme cold in the central portions of the U.S. led to stress on the power grid, which necessitated several short-term rolling power outages impacting more than 10,000 customers during the peak of the cold.

July 20, 2019

Elevated instability from 1000-2000 J/kg along with 40-50 kt deep-layer shear sustained organized convection pushing though southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Winds averaged from 60 to 80 mph along the path of the large scale bow echo, producing significant damage to trees and power lines, and minor damage to buildings along the path.


Stormy weather causes power outages | KELOLAND.com Open Navigation Close Navigation

A power outage map shows 1,999 customers have power outages in the state as of 7 a.m. Faulk County had a reported 874 customers impacted.

Nov 10, 2022

South Dakota candidates rally base ahead of Election Day - PANHANDLE - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA Rectangle

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is planning a reelection rally featuring a video message from former President Donald Trump in a final push to turn out voters in the heavily-Republican western part of t

Nov 8, 2022

Power outage at Austin airport leads to flight delays Share on Facebook Email This Link Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn

An early morning power outage Wednesday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport caused flight delays that continued even after electricity was restored.

Sep 7, 2022

Hwy. 85 fire likely caused by weekend lightning strike | Local News | bhpioneer.com

SPEARFISH – A three-acre fire, which broke out along Highway 85 Tuesday, was likely caused by prolonged smoldering of a power pole that had been struck by lightning during the

Sep 1, 2022

Boy, 8, hospitalized after touching downed power line Share on Facebook Email This Link Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn

The incident happened as several children walked through a blocked-off area with damaged power lines outside their elementary school.

Aug 31, 2022

SNAP, EBT outages reported across the country Share on Facebook Email This Link Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn

An outage affecting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was reported across the country Sunday, according to Down Detector.

Aug 28, 2022

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Damage to an East River Electric transformer that supplies power to the Keystone Pipeline is under investigation by the FBI, county and East River officials said.

Jul 29, 2022

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Power Outage FAQs

What is Power Outage?

Power outage (also called a power cut, a power blackout, power failure or a blackout) is a short-term or a long-term loss of the electric power to a particular area.

What Causes Power Outages?

  • Severe weather (high winds, lightning, winter storms, heat waves, rain or flooding can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Other damage to electric transmission lines (vehicle accidents, trees, and animals can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Repairing, maintenance or upgrades on power lines and equipment.

What are the Top Outage Safety Tips?

  • Stay away from the downed power lines, park vehicles in protected areas;
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

City Sioux Falls
County Minnehaha
State South Dakota (SD)
Country United States
Zip Codes 57101, 57103, 57104, 57105, 57106, 57107, 57108, 57109, 57110, 57117

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