MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tens of thousands of metro residents are without power Saturday afternoon due to high winds, according to an Xcel Energy spokeswoman.

As of 1 p.m., there are about 12,000 customers without power in the metro area; 10,000 are in the western metro and 2,000 in the eastern metro.

High winds knocked down power lines around the area starting around 10:30 a.m. Xcel has crews out working to quickly restore power to affected customers.

Click here to see Xcel Energy’s updated map of electric outages.

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