Thousands remain without power after Sioux Falls storm

Thousands of homes and businesses remain without power Wednesday morning after a storm tore through the heart of the city.

According to Xcel Energy's outage map, over 5,000 customers are without power as of 4:34 p.m.

A number of stop lights in the south-central part of the city are down or not functioning. Police say to treat inoperative stop lights as a four-way stop.

Authorities say Xcel Energy and city crews are having difficulties completing their tasks due to people driving in the affected areas. They're asking the public to avoid affect areas to allow crews to open the roads and remove any hazards.