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UPDATED: Thousands Lose Power Southeast of Fridley

A downed line was to blame. Most customers had electrical service restored by 7:50 p.m. Saturday in Columbia Heights, St. Anthony, New Brighton and Minneapolis.

Update (8 p.m. Saturday): Equipment failure—a downed power line—left as many as 3,700 Xcel Energy customers without electricity Saturday evening for more than an hour. But the line is back up, according to an Xcel spokesperson, and the major outage, which lasted one hour and 12 minutes, is over.

About 80 customers still without power may have to wait until about 10:30 p.m. or later, according to Xcel's online outage map.

Update (7:50 p.m. Saturday): Power is back for most of the 2,000 customers who lost it Saturday evening in areas south and east of Fridley. About 80 customers in Columbia Heights, St. Anthony and New Brighton remain without electrical service, and for most of them the wait may be longer—10:25 p.m. according to the estimate on Xcel Energy's outage map.

Original post: More than 2,000 customers are without electricity Saturday night in areas to the south and east of Fridley.

Affected areas include parts of Columbia Heights, St. Anthony, New Brighton and Minneapolis.

According to Xcel's online outage map, 1,918 customers in those cities lost power at 6:34 p.m. Saturday. The utility estimated service would return by 8:14 p.m.

Another 66 customers in Columbia Heights and St. Anthony who lost power at 6:50 p.m. may have to wait until 10:25 to have service resume, according to Xcel's estimate.

Xcel spokespersons weren't immediately available, but check back at Fridley Patch to find out more about this outage.

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