Should Xcel bury more power lines?

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Should Xcel bury more power lines?.

At the outage’s peak, about 240,000 Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin lost power during the storms. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands are still without power in Minnesota more than a day after severe weather caused damage to power lines and outages across parts of the state.Up to 19,000 people in the Twin Cities are heading into their Sunday night with the lights off, as crews work to bring power back following severe weekend storms.Several storms hit the Midwest late Friday night into Saturday morning, bringing risky hail to South Dakota and leaving at least 225,000 without power, according to Xcel Energy.

It’s been a long, hot and dark weekend for so many in the greater Twin Cities as roughly 20 percent of Xcel’s Minnesota customers were without power Saturday. “Some of the worst cases might stretch into Monday, but we think that we will have 97 percent of our customers within power by end today,” said Xcel Energy Regional Vice President Laura McCarten. “Rationing our phones. Most Minnesotans who have been without power since severe storms rolled through the metro area this weekend should have power restored by midnight Sunday, Xcel Energy says. But it says all available crews were in the field Saturday, comprising around 650 people from Xcel, its contractors and partners who were working 16-hour shifts. While the company reported earlier that their power restoration efforts had whittled that number down to about 11,000, the Star Tribune now says 19,000 people are without electricity. But as Xcel crews continue their work, other crews around the metro attend to another casualty of the storm – trees, thousands may have been lost, and branches blocked streets and damaged property, the paper says.

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