Most power restored from weekend outages

Published 7:32 am Monday, November 15, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — Power has been restored to most of the 200,000 Xcel Energy customers who lost service in the weekend snowstorm.

Utility crews worked around the clock to restore power that was knocked out by high winds, wet snow and falling tree branches. A couple thousand were still without power Monday morning.

Connexus Energy powers seven counties, including Anoka. Some 14,000 Connexus customers lost service at the height of the storm. Connexus spokesman Tim Berg tells KARE-TV the company brought in additional crews from northern Minnesota who worked around the clock.

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Snowfall around the Twin Cities varies. Eleven inches fell at Eden Prairie, nearly 8 inches at the main airport and about 3 or 4 inches in Hastings.