UPDATE: As of 8:30 p.m., some residents near Hilltop, and those near Buffalo Ridge, reported that their power was restored. The Black Hills Energy map still showed some areas with "Trouble Detected."

ORIGINAL:
A power outage has been reported by several residents of North Cheyenne. The electricity was still out as of 8 p.m. There is not an estimated repair time as of yet.

Although Black Hills Energy has reported there is trouble on their website, there has not yet been a confirmation of how many people were affected or as to when service will be expected to return. Please check their website for the most up to date information.

People in local Facebook groups have reported outages on the North and East areas of town. Other residents on the Southside have reported "flickering" of the electricity.

The Ready.gov reminds people to take these precautions when there is an outage, please see their website for additional tips.

During a Power Outage: Safety Tips

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. For more information about food safety visit our food page.
  • Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
    If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.
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