High winds knock out power to thousands in the Twin Cities

Approximately 10,000 people were without power around 2:30 p.m.
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As of 2:20 p.m. there were approximately 10,000 people without power in the metro area, a result of winds gusting 40-50 mph midday Sunday. 

The Xcel Energy power outage map shows that the bulk of the outages are in the southern and western metro. 

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The highest observed wind gust in Minnesota so far Sunday was in Mankato, where a gust of 53 mph was recorded. Eden Prairie saw a gust of 52 mph and the MSP Airport tracked wind gusting to 49 mph. 

These wind-related outages are not related to the equipment failure that knocked power out to 16,000 people in Bloomington and Richfield earlier Sunday morning. 

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