Fargo-Moorhead works to clean up damage after first summer storm

About 19,000 homes powered by Moorhead Public Service lost power at 10 p.m. Monday

19,000 homes lose power in Moorhead overnight.

MOORHEAD — The skies lit up as homes went dark.

About 19,000 homes powered by Moorhead Public Service lost power at 10 p.m. Monday, June 7.

The storm knocked down a half-mile of power lines just south of the city.

"We were prepared. We knew it was coming. Unfortunately, we never know what Mother Nature is going to do, so that's (why) you got to take it on a case by case basis," said Travis Schmidt, MPS general manager.


Crews worked through the night to restore power.

"We run four crews, and pretty much everybody was out last night here. We had extra staff coming in and swapping out so people were getting some sleep still and still being able to work," Schmidt said.

Power was back on for most at 3:30 a.m.

Wind speeds in Horace closed businesses, with The Shooting Park of Horace posting photos to Facebook saying they were closed for the day to clean up.

The strong winds also knocked over property including a grain bin laying on its side just west of Horace.

As Schmidt said, this is the first storm of the season, not the last.

So if the power goes out again, "best thing is to just turn everything off, conserve energy, go to the basement, stay cool," he said.


Moorhead Public Service uses Facebook and Twitter to keep customers up to date.

Customers can also use their website to report an outage.

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