Williston suffers power outage during record-breaking cold

WILLISTON, N.D. - Imagine waking up to no power on a morning when it's 43 degrees below zero. That's what happened in Williston Friday morning to around 2,400 homes.

Montana-Dakota Utilities says the record-low temperatures snapped a steel electricity pole right at the base and when it fell it took power lines with it.

"Being at the house, we kind of really quickly realized that the temperature was dropping really fast in the house, like 10 degrees in 20 minutes, so it got pretty chilly really fast," said Leticia Ortiz, Williston resident.

MDU re-routed the power temporarily to get the heat back on. It took about an hour.