Update: 42,000 still without power; more storms possible


Xcel Energy crews are toiling to restore power to roughly 42,000 who remained without electricity by mid-morning Monday, after weekend storms, FOX 9 reports. Xcel said it could be Wednesday before everyone has power completely restored.

That number was down from the 72,500 or so reported without power Sunday night, WCCO reported, noting that one Plymouth neighborhood was among those completely isolated by downed trees and power lines.

In total, a series of storms left 590,000 homes and businesses without electricity at one time or another during the last few days, the Star Tribune reported.

That made it Minnesota's most widespread power outage. The Pioneer Press says utility crews from 14 states have descended on Minnesota and are working 16-hour shifts to help restore power.

Xcel is updating the number of people without power on this page, which also cautions that if more stormy weather materializes – as forecast – the work of getting power restored could be set back.

There's a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms for the metro Monday, a 60 percent chance Tuesday and 50 percent Wednesday, the National Weather Service says. Good news: a potential dry spell is likely Thursday through Sunday, KARE 11 reports. It could hit 90 degrees Tuesday, KSTP reported.

The third in a series of storms that brought hard rain and flooding hit parts of the western Twin Cities area, and the Northland near Duluth, Sunday morning.

Flash flooding was reported in areas that stretched from Glencoe to Albertville, KSTP-TV reports.

Officials in Glencoe said water quickly drained from the streets after the storm. Basements were also flooded. KSTP.com Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said Glencoe received 4.3 inches of rain within 90 minutes Sunday morning.

Roads were also closed because of flooding Sunday in northwestrn Minnesota's Wilkin County and in Sibley County in south central Minnesota.

Many streets in the metro area remained a mess on Sunday, littered with downed trees and limbs. The storms likely knocked down more trees on Minneapolis public property and boulevards than the 2011 tornado, which felled 3,200 trees, the Star Tribune reported.

The number of downed trees likely will surpass the 3,200 trees on public property and boulevards in north Minneapolis that were destroyed in a tornado in 2011.

The storm produced some jaw-dropping images. CityPages collected the top-10 images.

KARE 11 notes that Minneapolis cancelled Monday's summer school classes because the power was out at several buildings.

Meanwhile, the Duluth News Tribune says a round of thunderstorms with heavy rain was moving through the Twin Ports and much of the Northland Sunday.

Fox 9 also has a story wishing you good luck on your cleanup – the station "called dozens of (tree removal) services in the Twin Cities and no one was picking up – or they're backlogged and turning people away."

Similarly, KARE-11 says there's been a run on supplies at hardware stores – particularly generators, which some stores are getting trucked in from Fargo, Bemidji, or Duluth.

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