Feb 8, 2013 1:19 PM by Heath Heggem (heath@krtv.com)

Hi-Line hit by widespread power outage

An unidentified problem at a Western Area Power Administration substation knocked out power to Northwestern Energy's entire Havre District.

According to NWE spokesman Butch Larcombe, the district stretches along the Hi-Line from Chester to east of Glasgow.

Larcombe says nearly 17,000 customers have been affected by the outage, which was first reported at 9:45 a.m.

Larcombe says power has been restored between Chinook and Glasgow.

Crews are currently working on getting customers between Chester and Kremlin back online, an then they will concentrate on the Havre area.

There is no time line for when power will be fully restored.

Larcombe does not yet know the nature of the problem which caused the outage.

UPDATE: We're told that all power was restored as of 2:17 pm.

(First report - 11:00 a.m.) Some folks along the Hi-Line are without power this morning.

KRTV started receiving reports just after 10 a.m. that parts of Havre had lost electricity.

NorthWestern Energy posted the following message on its Facebook page at about 10:45 am: "We are currently experiencing a wide spread outage along the Hi Line. Crews are working on the problem now and we will update you once we have more information."

Holiday Village Mall in Havre posted on Facebook: "For our customer's safety, the mall will be closed until power is restored."

We have received unconfirmed reports that the outage has affected areas from Chester to Big Sandy to Malta and as far east as Glasgow.

The extent of the outage is not yet known, and the cause has not yet been released.

Let us know in the comments if you're affected.