- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Xcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers still without electricity after a weekend storm continues to shrink.

A company spokeswoman says as of mid-afternoon Sunday, the number of customers without service was down to about 11,000, mostly in the Twin Cities metro area.

At the outage’s peak, about 250,000 Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin lost power during the storms. Power has been restored to all Wisconsin customers.

The company expects to have power restored to 97 percent of affected customers by midnight Sunday, although some of the hardest-hit areas won’t get power back until Monday.

Xcel Energy says 750 company employees, contractors and partners are working 16-hour shifts to restore power.

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