Black Hills Electric Cooperative is experiencing storm-related outages in the Rapid City area.
Line crews have been working to restore power since 1:30 a.m. Friday and are not making much progress. Visibility and deep snow is making it impossible to patrol lines from substations and to homes. For safety reasons, crews will be brought in at 6 p.m. and will attempt to restore power beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday.
Because of zero visibility, crews do know the extent of the damage to the co-op's power lines. If damage is limited to downed lines and trees in lines, restoration efforts will progress quicker than if poles need to be replaced.
Persons receiving electricity from the cooperative who do not have power by 6 p.m. tonight will not have power until line crews can repair lines on Saturday or Sunday. Downed power lines can be dangerous and people should stay away from them and not try to move them or try to remove trees from them.