Update from Xcel Energy: 122,000 without power

Xcel Energy offered the following update at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 23:

“Tremendous progress has been made, as we have restored service to more than 452,000 Minnesota customers since the storms began on Friday, June 21. The severe weather event has produced a staggering 574,000 power outages. All available resources are dedicated to restoring the 122,000 customers that remain without power.

“Damage reports and outage figures have pushed restoration times out, as repairing the damage to our equipment will take several days. We expect to restore power to the vast majority of customers by Wednesday, June 26.

“The metro area is currently experiencing more thunderstorm activity, including heavy downpours and gusty winds, which we hope will not significantly impact restoration efforts. With temperatures forecasted to reach 85 degrees today, it is important to check on elderly neighbors, friends and relatives who may still be without power.

“Today we anticipate the heaviest push of resources to date, as we work to restore the outages that remain. Currently, there are more than 400 field crews and approximately 1,000 linemen dedicated to the restoration effort. In addition, there are 64 Vegetation Management crews working to clear downed trees, branches and debris from the lines.

“If you are still without power, please remember to check your service mast for damage. If there are damages to the mast, a licensed electrician must make repairs before service can be restored to your home.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work quickly and safely to restore service to everyone affected by the storms. Please remember to stay clear of downed poles and lines, and report outages to 1-800-895-4999. Updates will continue throughout the day.”

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