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Xcel says 111,600 still without power; some sirens still out in Henn. Co.

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Heavy rain and strong winds Friday night took down power lines in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, at one point leaving more than 200,000 without power Saturday, but some of that power has been restored.

By 7.pm. Saturday, Xcel Energy said that 514,100 customers lost power, but that power had been restored to 402,500 of these customers, with 111,600 still in the dark.

The utility says 413 crews of nearly 1,000 linemen are working around the clock.

Hennepin County issued a news release Saturday afternoon saying "that at least one-fourth of cities in Hennepin County may have at least a few sirens off-line due to power issues" but that the number of "inoperable sirens" is not known. The county is urging residents to check media outlets as more severe weather is expected in the next 48 hours.

Xcel Energy is updating here.

FOX 9 reports crew members from the Dakotas, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio have come to help. Some may not have power until Monday or Tuesday, however power is expected to be back for most metro area customers by midnight Sunday, the Pioneer Press reports.

As of Saturday night, Xcel spokesperson Tom Hoen said about 6,000 customers in the St. Cloud area were still without power as of 6:30 p.m. in an area that extends north to Sartell, west toward Collegeville, south toward St. Augusta and east to about Minnesota Highway 25, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Winds gusted more than 60 mph, uprooting large trees in Hennepin County around 7:45 p.m., according to the Associated Press.

A trained weather spotter told MPR that 2.2 inches of rain fell near Maple Plain in just 30 minutes, causing flash flooding.

In Robbinsdale, a giant sinkhole was reported at 42nd Ave. and Broadway Ave. KARE 11 has photos.

The Star Tribune reports street flooding was also reported overnight in Albert Lea, where a car was stranded with water up to the headrest.

Several events were canceled and some businesses were closed across the Twin Cities due to damage and outages. KSTP has a list.

The same storm produced a tornado northwest of Tracy earlier in the evening Friday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

In South Dakota, before the line of storms barreled east into Minnesota, a 63-year-old woman hunkered down in the bathtub of her trailer was killed when wind picked up her home and threw it to the ground.

This won't be the last of severe weather. KARE 11 says most of the state is under slight risk again Saturday with thunderstorms redeveloping by late afternoon and in the evening.

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen predicts storms will occur almost daily into Thursday next week.

See photos of damage across the metro in our gallery.

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