Lightning lights the sky overnight as storms pass through the metro. Photo by Greg Kellogg / FOX 9 News.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
Weekend storms descended upon Minnesota ripping up trees and destroying property, and as a result, Xcel Energy is calling this largest electrical outage in Minnesota history.
MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, roughly 13,000 customers remain without power. Xcel has worked tirelessly to restore power to 592,600 Minnesota customers --97 percent of the 610,000 affected by the storms.
More than 1,000 linemen have been working to restore power -- Tuesday marks day five of the effort. That staff includes linemen from 22 companies representing 14 states.
Xcel Energy's website says the Estimated Restoration Time (ERT) is that the vast majority of customers will have service restored by noon Wednesday with singles lingering into Wednesday evening.
Xcel Energy reminds customers to check the electric service masts on the side of their homes. Since homeowners own the masts, if the mast is damaged a licensed electrician must be hired to make repairs before service can be restored. If customers wait to complete repairs they will have further restoration delays.
Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-1999. All downed power lines, even if they're not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.