BENCO Electric says they still have 3,200 widespread outages across the area. Benco was able to restore about 400 members last night.

Because of the severe damage that occurred Thursday, Friday will bring slow progress and line crews will be working on rebuilding poles and power lines. They say they had more than 200 broken poles, miles of downed power lines and 18 substations not operating to capacity.

Benco thanks all members for their patience during this time and will continue working until all members are restored.

They say they are still receiving a high number of calls. Members are asked to report new outages only by calling 507-387-7963 during business hours.