About 70 Midwest Energy customers in the Preston area were without power for 30 minutes Wednesday night as a winter weather system brought ice mixed with sleet plus thunder and lightning.
Mike Morley, communications director for Midwest Energy, said it appeared a fuse had popped probably from ice on a tree branch or ice on the lines.
“It was blown fuse and likely ice related,” Morley said.
When crews had the problem repaired, they patrolled the line, looking at cross arms and insulators to see if the line was touching anything it shouldn’t.
Pratt County Sheriff Jimmy White said there were downed power lines in the Preston area and that local fire fighters assisted with traffic control until the lines were repaired. The outage was near K-61 highway at NE 70th Street. There was another power issue reported around 7:35 p.m. just east of U.S. 281 also on NE 70th Street, White said.
Morley said there were isolated electrical problems across the state Wednesday night including another outage for Midwest in the Macksville area where a broken insulator was the issue. That outage happened around 9 p.m.
Sometimes when ice gets on lines and the wind is over 10 mph, the lines will “gallop” up and down and that can cause an insulator or crossarm to break and that appears to be the case in Macksville.
It took about an hour and a half to get the problem solved at Macksville and 310 customers were affected, Morley said.  
Ninnescah Electric also had a couple of outages around Trousdale and Greensburg but nothing in Pratt County. Those were probably caused by lines jumping, said General Manager Teresa Miller.