Power outages after morning storms blast through Twin Cities

There have also been reports of tree damage.
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Non-severe storms that pushed through the Twin Cities Sunday morning produced enough wind to cause tree damage and knock out power in some neighborhoods. 

As of 8:30 a.m., more than 9,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power in the metro area, with approximately 6,000 of the customers located north of Interstate 694 in and around Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Mounds View and Shoreview. 

Fox 9 received a photo of tree damage from a viewer in St. Paul, although there doesn't appear to be any widespread damage from the storms. The most common damage would be small branches and tree limbs, but again, these weren't severe storms. 

At least one person in Woodbury said they experienced a 60 mph wind gust before the storms hit. 

The estimate hasn't been confirmed by the National Weather Service, but the wind would've likely been associated with a powerful outflow boundary, which is essentially a wall of wind advancing ahead of precipitation. 

You can even see outflow boundaries on radar. Here's what that same outflow boundary that moved through the metro looks like at 8:45 a.m. as it travels south/southwest towards Faribault and Mankato.

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More storms are possible later Sunday, but details regarding the intensity, location and timing aren't yet clear. Check the Weather MN blog later today for updates

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