Xcel Energy Hopes To Have Nearly All Power Restored Sunday

20 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

50,000 in Twin Cities still without power, Xcel says.

A company spokeswoman says as of about 4:30 p.m. 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.

Some of the 6,000 campers at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in the town of Union west of Eau Claire reported heavy lightning and pounding rain around 2 a.m.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. The line of thunderstorms hit Minnesota and Wisconsin late Friday night, bringing frequent lightning, heaving rain and damaging winds, which knocked out power to about 240,000 customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, Xcel Energy notes.

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. The company says it expects to reduce the outages to 40,000 customers by late Saturday, and restore service to 95 percent of them by the end of the day Sunday, but some of the hardest-hit areas won’t get power back until Monday. The Minneapolis Fire Department also reported its crews worked to remove fallen trees, extinguish trees on fire, and respond to reports of blown transformers. Of the 10,000 apple trees on the orchard, more than half were destroyed, Terri Traen, a radio personality on KQRS who also runs the orchard, wrote on Facebook.

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