Power outage from storms is worst in Minnesota history

Homeowners and businesses left powerless by the largest electrical outage in Minnesota history limped into a third day of candlelight and dripping freezers Sunday, hoping for a break in the series of destructive storms that have lashed the state.

Streets blocked by downed trees were so common in some Minneapolis neighborhoods that emergency vehicles and Metro Transit bus drivers were forced to hunt for routes through the wreckage left by the storms that began Friday morning and continued through the weekend.

Damage from the storm was widespread, with more than half a million Xcel Energy customers in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and across Minnesota without power at some point during the weekend, more than twice as many as the previous largest power outage, in 2007.

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    Student - my old apartment by the U of M is in the background. Ouch.
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    Oh, that’s a Wisconsin plate. Bummer if you were just visiting us for the weekend, man.
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    As of 8:15 on Friday night, three 30-foot trees were leaning on our house. As of Saturday evening, the tree crew my...
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    Almost stayed at work after my 12 hour day because the power came back on 8 hours into the shift and I was so ecstatic...
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    Yikes! Note that this car was evidently in motion when the tree fell on it! Hope the driver and passengers are safe.
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    My life as of late.
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    Moore, Oklahoma says hello.
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    I have no power. Which means no Ac. Save meeeeeeeeeeee!
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