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High winds leave more than 10,000 households without power in western Montana

transformers on the electric pole and wire
transformers on the electric pole and wire

Power to more than 10,000 Flathead Electric Cooperative members went out Monday night in northwest Montana as strong winds pushed across the region. Thousands of people remain without power.

Katie Pfennings is the marketing and communications supervisor for the co-op.

“Progress has been very steady but it's also been pretty slow, or it appears to be pretty slow even though crews are working as fast as they can," she said. "I think the challenge with this event is that the damage was so widespread."

Pfennings says a significant number of the people will remain without power over Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

The Flathead Electric Cooperative says members should never try to move down power lines or cut trees off of power lines. Power lines that look dead could still be energized.
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Corin Cates-Carney is the Flathead Valley reporter for MTPR.