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Power back on in Fargo after cable fault causes 2nd outage in as many days

FARGO - An electrical cable fault was to blame for the second power outage in as many days to affect hundreds in the center of Fargo.

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FARGO - An electrical cable fault was to blame for the second power outage in as many days to affect hundreds in the center of Fargo.

Around 7:45 p.m. Monday, May 2, crews were working to replace a faulted cable near the NP Avenue bridge when the replaced cable faulted again, said Mark Nisbet, North Dakota principal manager for Xcel Energy.

More than 2,800 customers were initially affected. 1,000 of those saw a brief outage before automatic power switching brought them back online, Nisbet said.

1,163 customers were without power for about 30 minutes.

The remaining 640 had their power restored after about an hour in the dark.

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“It’s absolutely a concern. We don’t like to have customers out at all and we’re going to focus on it right now,” Nisbet said.

Monday’s outage adds to a string of power problems in Fargo recently.

On Sunday, May 1, an outage affected about 2,200 customers around 12:30 p.m. A faulting cable on the same line as Monday’s outage was to blame, Nisbet said. Power was fully restored to everyone by 1:49 p.m.

Two incidents in south Fargo caused nearly 4,000 customers to go dark on Tuesday, April 26. A pole fire and downed power lines cause those outages.
Nisbet said the string of outages isn’t necessarily a sign of power problems to come as summer’s heat approaches.

“I don’t think it’s indicative of anything that will be problematic going into the summer. We’re going to dive in and see what we have to do right now,” he said.

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