- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Crews are still working to fix power outages in North Dakota, but a combination of strong winds and thick frost is making the repairs challenging.

Verendrye Electric Co-op spokesman Tom Rafferty says the cooperative has 450 reported outages and warns that the situation “is only going to get worse.”

Rafferty says more lines and poles will likely come down overnight. He says the cooperative is recommending people to find a place to stay because those without power Wednesday evening probably won’t have it back until at least Thursday.

Rafferty says most of the cooperative’s outages are in western and southern Ward County.

Mor-Gran-Sou Electric is also dealing with heavy frost on lines and outages. Chief of Staff Jackie Miller said the number of outages throughout the day “was fluid.”

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