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Thousands of Quad City-area residents were without power Thursday afternoon and evening as a result of the blizzard.   Most had service restored before 5 p.m.

Most morning outages reported in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities area were reported restored by about noon.  Then the snow and high winds created new problems.

By about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, more than 4,000 area residents were without electricity.  Most of those outages were reported on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities, with Rock Island hardest hit as more than 2,500 customers lost electricity.  Moline, Silvis and East Moline each had hundreds of residents without electricity. 

The number of reported outages seemed to increase as weather conditions deteriorated throughout Thursday afternoon. 

By 5 p.m., the number of MidAmerican customers in the Quad Cities are without electricity was below 500. 

About 40,000 MidAmerican Energy customers lost power as heavy snow and high winds pushed through Des Moines before dawn.  That number was reduced to just over 32,000 by noon, and had risen to more than 33,500 at 4:15 p.m.

Alliant Energy reported nearly 10,000 customers without power at 3 p.m.  The hardest-hit area was Linn County, Iowa where more than 7,000 were without electricity.  Most outages in counties along the Iowa-Illinois state line were restored by about 4:15 p.m.

Alliant posts outages online at this link:

MidAmerican Energy updates reported outages every ten minutes online – click here.