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Last night's storms cause damage, leave thousands more without power

Just as Xcel was getting on top of Sunday night's outages, more happen.
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The Twin Cities were hit with another round of severe storms overnight that has left thousands more residents without electricity.

Xcel Energy has been working to restore power to more than 165,000 residents since Sunday's thunderstorm, and by Tuesday lunchtime had restored service to all but 11,900 homes.

But surveying the utility's power outage map after last night's storms and it appears that more than 23,000 homes in the metro area are now without power thanks to more than 400 outages.

There were also outages in the area covered by Ottertail Power Company in western Minnesota, which was particularly hard hit by the storm system, with a large tornado developing west of Morris.

The National Weather Service said that wind gusts reached up to 50mph in the Twin Cities, with the south metro the worst hit.

Trees and limbs were brought down by the gusts, which were accompanied by heavy rain and lightning.

The City of Farmington posted several pictures on its Facebook page of some of the damage caused to its local residents, with fallen trees landing on properties, bringing down wires and causing gas leaks.

The NWS says that Minnesota can expect more isolated thunderstorms throughout Wednesday. The east metro area could get the worst of it during the late afternoon-early evening.

The area near and east of I-35 has the highest chance of severe weather this evening.

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