Tens of thousands still without power in Minn.

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  • MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers without power is down to about 45,000.

    The Minneapolis-based utility has been working for days to restore power following a series of severe thunderstorms that swept through Minnesota and western Wisconsin from Friday to early Saturday.

    At the peak of outages more than 550,000 Xcel Energy customers were without service. As of early Monday morning the number was down to around 45,000.

    Currently Xcel has more than 400 crews and approximately 1000 linemen dedicated to restoring power, with 80 tree crews supporting this effort.

    The utility says it expects to restore power to the vast majority of its customers by Wednesday.

    The utility says responds with top priority to situations that threaten public safety, such as downed wires. The next priority includes hospitals and nursing homes. Then crews focus on restoring service in densely populated areas.

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