Xcel Energy crews continue working to restore power to the thousands of Minnesotans who have been in the dark as a result of the weekend’s severe storms. At the height of the power outage nearly 600,000 homes and businesses were in the dark, but now all but about around 70,000 have been restored. Officials are reminding residents to be safe and not to try removing fallen branches near power lines on their own. Xcel Energy spokesman Tom Hoen says the widespread damage is on a scale unlike any he’s seen. And he says it’s been a challenge for the thousand-or-so line workers to do their work because they’re having to move full-grown, toppled trees in order to fix downed power lines. Most customers should be back online by Wednesday afternoon, but some will remain without power until Wednesday evening.