WILLISTON, ND- UPDATE (11:45 a.m.) Around 3,400 residences and businesses were without power for an hour this morning in Williston.
Because of the record-tying low temperatures, a steel electricity pole snapped at the base and fell over right outside of Williston, taking the power lines with it.
MDU re-routed the power temporarily, and employees are currently working to repair the pole.
It got to -43 this morning, tying Williston's all time record low set in 1899.
UPDATE (8:27 a.m.): A spokesperson for Montana-Dakota Utilities says about 3,400 customers in Williston are without power as of 8:20 a.m. Friday Laura Lueder, with MDU, says crews are working to reroute power to those customers.
Crews hope to have power restored by 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile, Lueder says the outage is caused by a large pole that went down just outside of Williston. Crews are still assessing how long it will take to fix that pole.
A couple thousand Williston residents are waking up Friday morning without power.
Approximately 2,733 Montana Dakota Utilities customers have no power as of 7:45 a.m.
MDU is currently looking into the outage.
KFYR-TV Meteorologist Curt Olson says Williston broke a 120-year record low Friday morning with a temperature of -43 degrees.