Thousands still without power around Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 2,000 MidAmerican Energy customers remain without power in the Des Moines area and some may not have electricity restored until the weekend.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports (http://bit.ly/1b0anfF ) that powerful thunderstorms that swept through the area Thursday knocked out power to more than 37,000 customers. About 2,500 still didn’t have electricity Friday afternoon.

MidAmerican officials say everyone should have power restored by Saturday evening.

Several schools were closed or started late Friday due to outages.

The storm caused numerous trees and power lines to come down, and part of the South Prairie Elementary roof in Grimes was torn off by high winds.

No serious injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service says winds from the storms reached up to 70 mph.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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