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Storms knock out power to hundreds in south Washington County

A lightning strike early Tuesday is caught on a Cottage Grove police squad car camera. Severe weather knocked out power to hundreds of Xcel Energy customers in south Washington County. Submitted photo

Heavy storms overnight knocked out power to hundreds of Xcel Energy customers in south Washington County.

At mid-morning Tuesday Xcel Energy was reporting dozens of outages in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport. Earlier in the morning there were between 500 and 2,500 outages in Cottage Grove alone, according to Xcel Energy.

The local incidents were part of a broad swath of power outages across the Twin Cities following severe storms early Tuesday. Xcel Energy said it expected to have most power restored in the region by 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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