Minnesota storms knock out power to 75,000 customers

(MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Severe storms knocked out power to as many as 75,000 customers across Minnesota where power poles were toppled due to strong winds.

Xcel Energy says the largest power outages were west of the Twin Cities and by Wednesday morning service had been restored to about half of those who lost power.

Winds Tuesday night gusted as high as 81 mph near Hector in Renville County in southern Minnesota. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reported a peak wind gust of 62 mph.

Rochester International Airport reported a wind gust of 44 mph at 3:48am as storms rolled through.

Hundreds of employees and contractors are in the field working to restore power, coming from across the region to help.

View Xcel Energy outage map HERE.

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