CHANHASSEN, Minn. - Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers who lost service when damaging winds and hail moved through Minnesota's midsection Tuesday night.
Xcel Energy says over 44,000 customers from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities area were left without power. Restoration crews have knocked that number down to 11,687 customers as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. The utility says 10,939 of those customers are in the west metro, and 748 are in the east.
Reports of 1-inch and 2-inch hail were common as the storms passed over the Twin Cities area Tuesday night. The National Weather Service says trained spotters also reported 3-inch hail near New London and 2.5-inch hail near Morris in western Minnesota.
The Eden Prairie Police Department tweeted a photo of a squad car that lost its rear window due to hail.
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