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Trees down, power outages reported as storms rumble through southern MN

 

High winds, rain and lightning whipped their way through southern Minnesota Thursday night into Friday morning, knocking down trees and damaging some structures for some residents.

Severe thunderstorm rumbled eastward throughout the night, heading from the west Twin Cities metro, through Minneapolis/St. Paul, and into western Wisconsin.

Wind gusts as high as 52 mph (that one coming in New Germany) were recorded during the a 12-hour overnight period, with more in the 45-49 mph range, the National Weather Service says.

People in Hollandale tell ABC 6 that a tornado Thursday evening may be responsible for some damage, but the NWS has not confirmed.

Here are some pictures of the damage in southern Minnesota Thursday evening:

Power outages

Xcel Energy is reporting hundreds of power outages throughout the Twin Cities metro and southern Minnesota Friday morning. The company is estimating about 4,880 customers are impacted.

You can report an electric outage here.

A few flood warnings

There are still some watches and warnings across the state, including a flood warning through Aug. 23 for Hennepin, Wright and Carver counties.

This is based on heavy rainfall last week that went into the Crow River basin, combined with the rain that has happened and more that is expected to come. It’s mainly areas around the South Fork Crow River.

Click here to see all actives warnings in Minnesota.

More storms expected soon

Some parts of southeastern Minnesota that got soaked by storms last week may well get hit again over the next few days. The Weather Service issued an alert saying there could be several rounds of thunderstorms over the next three days.

Forecasters say it’s too early to know the exact path of the storms, but according to the alert, “Given the muggy atmosphere these storms could produce locally heavy rain and other time could accumulate several inches of rain leading to potential flooding problems.”

Duluth and northeast Minnesota are also in line for some rain.

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