Xcel working to fix outages caused by high windsby Toni Randolph, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Xcel Energy is still working to restore power to all of its customers who had outages because of high winds during the last 24 hours.
More than 800 customers lost service on Monday, and about 7,200 people lost power Sunday because of the winds.
Xcel Energy spokesman Tom Hoen said the winds were blowing trees and branches into power lines.
"We had winds that were blowing 40 mph well after midnight," Hoen said. "So we were getting calls coming in well after everybody went to sleep. And then this morning when the winds did not calm down, we still had winds blowing at 25 to 30 mph as of 8:00 this morning, we were getting some more calls coming in, but the majority of the outages were still holdovers from last night."
Hoen said crews worked throughout the night and all day today to restore power. The utility says it hopes to have power restored to all of its customers later today.