Utility companies restore power for thousands, many still waiting

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UPDATE: Major utility companies have restored power for thousands of customers after many went without air conditioning during dangerously hot conditions Monday.

As of 12:53 p.m. Tuesday, Xcel reports that 523 Minnesota customers and 94 Wisconsin customers are still without power.

At 1 p.m., Minnesota Power’s site says 1,238 customers are still affected by outages.

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INITIAL REPORT: Thousands are still without power across parts of the Midwest Tuesday after dangerously hot conditions Monday afternoon and during the overnight hours when severe storms moved through the region.

In the metro area, Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park residents lost power around 3 p.m. Monday, meaning they were without air conditioning during the record-breaking high temperatures.

Xcel says power returned to the St. Paul Park and Cottage Grove area around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Company officials haven’t specified what caused the outages to happen.

Xcel reports over 3,800 customers lost power Monday.

As of 6:17 a.m. Tuesday, Xcel’s electric outage map showed that 3,432 customers are still being affected by outages across Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a greater total of 4,366 customers in the Midwest.

As of 6:49 a.m., Minnesota Power’s map showed 93 active outages affecting 3,818 customers, which has improved by thousands of customers since late Monday night.

CLICK HERE to track outages for all major utility companies across Minnesota.

Visit Xcel’s outage and safety page to report outages near you and learn what to do when you are affected by a power outage.