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Xcel: Power restored to 98 percent of customers affected by outages

Xcel: Power restored to 98 percent of customers affected by outages Photo: KSTP-TV

April 13, 2019 09:37 PM

Xcel Energy says its crews have restored power to nearly all of the 100,000 customers who lost power due to severe winter weather that swept through the Upper Midwest this week.

"This 98 percent restoration effort in 72 hours is due to the 900 employees, contractors and mutual aid partners working to turn the lights on for our customers," the company said in a news release.

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According to Xcel, the 900 customers still without power are in southwest Minnesota, an area with the most severe damage from the storm. The company said it estimates crews will restore power to all customers by Sunday afternoon.

Related: Bomb cyclone storm cuts power, disrupts travel in central US

Snow, rain, ice, and damaging winds snapped more than 650 power poles and downed hundreds of power lines in the Upper Midwest.

Xcel Energy said crews have worked day and night to repair and rebuild the infrastructure needed to restore service, which was further complicated by severe weather and closed roads.

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