Red Cross Helps those Without Power after Storms

Updated: 06/27/2013 6:32 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Damage at 30th and Chicago in Mpls
Damage at 30th and Chicago in Mpls
Photo: Photo courtesy of Eden Scarver

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Xcel Energy reported on their outage map more than 600 Minnesota customers were still without power following last weekend's storms.

Some Minnesotans without power can find relief. The American Red Cross opened a shelter for those who still don't have power.

The shelter opened at 7 p.m. at Armstrong High School in Plymouth.

Xcel Energy has been working for days to restore power following severe thunderstorms that swept through Minnesota and Western Wisconsin from Friday to early Saturday.
    
At the peak of outages more than 616,500 Xcel Energy customers were without service. 
    
Xcel Energy said it expected to restore power to the vast majority of its customers by late Wednesday night.
    
Xcel Energy says it responds with top priority to situations that threaten public safety, such as downed wires. The next priority includes hospitals and nursing homes. Then crews focus on restoring service in densely populated areas.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.