Power Outage in Worthington, MN

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City of Worthington, MN
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(507) 372-8690
Nobles Cooperative Electric
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(507) 372-7331
Xcel Energy
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Sioux Valley Energy
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(800) 234-1960
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Federated Rural Electric
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(800) 321-3520

Worthington Power Outages Caused by Weather


May 11, 2022 - Thunderstorm Wind

Several power poles were snapped by strong thunderstorm winds, which downed powerlines across Interstate 90. A car stopped on the roadway to avoid crossing downed powerlines, and was struck from behind by a tractor trailer, resulting in the (indirect) fatality of one vehicle passenger and injury of the other three passengers in the car as well as one from another car.

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May 11, 2022 - Thunderstorm Wind

Power poles were snapped by thunderstorm winds. Crop damage is an estimate from insured losses. Information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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April 23, 2022 - Wildfire

To the northeast of Adrian, strong winds caused a powerline leading into a barn to arc, and sparks ignited material stored in the hayloft. The fire totally consumed the barn and two other outbuildings, and killed 17 sheep housed in the barn. The fire then raced to the northeast a quarter mile into an adjoining property and burned grassland and numerous hay bales. A second fire started in a burn pit near the Lismore dump when embers from a previous days burn reignited, but was quickly contained.

April 10, 2019 - Ice Storm

Ice accumulated to one-half to three quarters of an inch. As winds increased during the night of April 10 into early April 11 with gusts reaching 45 to 50 mph at times, power poles and transmission lines bore the brunt of the worst conditions. Several hundred power poles were snapped by the weight of the ice accumulation and stress of the high winds, with more than 75 miles of power line down. Many roads were closed, including U.S. Highway 59, due to power structures across roadways. Damage costs are rough estimates due to utility costs.

January 16, 2017 - Winter Weather

Freezing rain of up to two tenths of an inch caused icy roads, and accumulated lightly on trees, power lines, and other surfaces. Worthington reported 0.18 inch of rain during a time when temperatures were at or below freezing. Law enforcement agencies reported a few vehicles accidents on the ice, but no known injuries, with traffic being light because of the holiday, business closings, and activity cancellations. Light winds prevented damage to trees and power lines.



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 southwest Minnesota. Spotty minor power outages and broken tree limbs were reported.

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 13, 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.

April 10, 2019

A historic late-season, multi-day winter storm developed rapidly across the central Plains on Wednesday, April 10. This system spiraled several periods of precipitation through the region. The leading precipitation on April 10 was a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet from far eastern South Dakota through the Interstate 90 areas of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, changing to snow to the north and west. There were even a few elevated thunderstorms which occurred overnight on April 10-11 and produced some near severe hail, which actually occurred after some initial wintry precipitation. Significant icing was centered around 30 miles either side of the Interstate 90 corridor, with as much as a third to three-quarters inch ice accumulation. ||Heavy snowfall developed from the early morning of April 11 and continued into the early morning of April 12 across much of southeast South Dakota into northern portions of southwest Minnesota, which accumulated to 1 to 2 feet during the storm. The most persistent snowfall occurred for areas west to north of Sioux Falls, but even there, a brief period of freezing rain or sleet occurred at some point ahead of the main upper trough passage. ||The other aspect of this storm was the intense winds, which gusted at the peak from 40 to 60 mph, producing widespread blizzard conditions across southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. Considerable power outages occurred as transmission lines succumbed to the ice accumulation and wind. At the peak, electric companies and cooperatives estimated as many as 25,000 customers were without power. Many areas were without power for a day or two due to the intensity of the storm. ||In fact, the strong winds lofted dust from the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles which caused some of the snowfall toward the latter portions of the event to fall with a brownish color. Ironically, the blizzard postponed the statewide tornado warning drill which was a part of Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week.

January 16, 2017

Freezing rain produced ice accumulations of up to two tenths of an inch in southwest Minnesota, mostly near the southern border of the state. The icing occurred from a few hours after midnight through the daytime hours. There was widespread icing on roads and other surfaces. The impact of the icing was fairly limited for several reasons. Traffic was very limited because the day was a holiday, and because some businesses closings and activity cancellations were announced ahead of the storm near the southern border of the state. Winds remained light, preventing significant damage to trees and power lines. There were several vehicle accidents, but they were not numerous in any given area.


With hot summer in the offing, Minnesota electric utilities prep for grid strain - Duluth News Tribune | News, weather, and sports from Duluth, Minnesota

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the region's power grid operator warned generation capacity could fall short of demand on the hottest days this summer. Above normal temperatures expected in the Upper Midwest combined with a historic drought are expected to contribute to the strain.

Jun 16, 2022

More than 70K without power in Twin Cities and south as storms roll through | MPR News MPR News Twitter Facebook Mail Heart

Sirens went off in Minneapolis and much of the western Twin Cities metro around 8 p.m. as parts of the area were under tornado watches and warnings.

May 11, 2022

Worthington’s fast-growing communities of color see economic gains but little political power. Yet. | MPR News Search Play Twitter Facebook Mail Heart

People of color are the majority now in Worthington, but politics in the city and across Nobles County remain nearly all white and male. That’s a growing concern for those who see political representation in southwestern Minnesota as the next important step. Change may be coming.

Mar 21, 2022

2200 customers lose power in widespread outage across parts of Brainerd, Baxter - Brainerd Dispatch | News, weather, sports from Brainerd and Baxter

The Brainerd Public Utilities superintendent said the cause of the outage was unknown Monday night.

Dec 6, 2021

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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.

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  • Stay away from the downed power lines, park vehicles in protected areas;
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Worthington, Minnesota

City Worthington
County Nobles
State Minnesota (MN)
Country United States
Zip Codes 56187

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