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17,000 Xcel customers without power

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More than 17,000 South Dakotans were without power Tuesday as heavy ice and snow pulled down tree branches and power lines. More areas could loose power through Wednesday until the storm system has passed. 

According to Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue, there are a few things we should all be doing to prepare in case of an outage. 

  • Keep blankets handy
  • If the power goes out, stay inside your home
  • Stock up on water
  • Don't use things like gas stoves to heat your home 

Many residents have been without power since noon on Tuesday, causing many headaches for home and business owners. 

"It was around noon, power flickered around town earlier, and then around noon it went out for good," said Byron Busk, the Manager of County Fair Grocery Store in Dell Rapids. 

A large tree pulled down a major string of power lines in Dell Rapids, leaving the city without power Tuesday. 

"We weren't sure at first how long it would be 10 minutes or what…but when we could see the tree down on the power lines, we knew it was going to be quite a while," said Busk. 

Many areas of the state could also be without power by the time this storm passes. 

"If you find yourself without power, just stay in place and ride it out; we're South Dakotans, we can kind of handle those sort of things," said Division Chief Jeff Helm with Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue. 

Those who'd rather not wait out the storm in the dark are pulling out their generators. 

"Won't bother us, if you got a generator, you're good to go," said Dell Rapids resident Keith Nelsen. 

For those without a generator, staying inside all day is easier said than done. 

"What are you guys doing today…nothing," said 4th grader Lincoln Richeal. 

While a day off from school is always welcome, no power means these kids had to get creative. 

"Arts and crafts…read…building a fort," said Richeal. 

No power also means depending on some kid friendly dinners like cereal and PB&J.

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