About 700 NorthWestern Energy customers lost power Tuesday night in Mitchell when a late-July thunderstorm boomed through southeastern South Dakota.
The Mitchell Department of Public Safety responded when a tree fell on a power line at about 9 p.m. on the 600 block of East Second Avenue and caused an outage until about 10:30 p.m. There was an extended outage for 164 customers, according to an official with NorthWestern Energy. But their power was eventually restored shortly after midnight. The outage was in the southeastern portion of Mitchell between First and Eighth avenues and Lawler and Gamble streets.
High winds and much-needed heavy rain hit the region as precipitation amounts varied up to more than 4 inches in the Plankinton area.
Unofficial reports had Plankinton at 4.59 inches, Mount Vernon at 3.75 inches, 2.5 inches in Woonsocket and 1.7 inches near Avon.
The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls measured 1.05 inches in Mitchell between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. The weather station north of the city also recorded a 61 mph wind gust Tuesday night.