There was a brief power outage throughout much of New Ulm Wednesday evening as a powerful thunderstorm blew through the area. The power went out in much of the city at around 6pm Wednesday. The outage only lasted a minute or two, but caused problems at many businesses in the community, including at the 3M plant and here at the KNUJ studios. The storm dumped around an inch of rain or more on New Ulm and the surrounding area as it passed through, and pea-sized hail was reported as well. There is no word at this time on what caused the power outage.